Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

These careers include an incredible range of public and military opportunities in the areas of law enforcement, defense and corrections (e.g., jails and prisons).

There are 35 careers in this industry

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Fire Inspectors and Investigators

Inspect buildings to detect fire hazards and enforce local ordinances and state laws, or investigate and gather facts to determine cause of fires and explosions.

  • Average Salary:$61,660
  • Most Common Education:Not available

Fish and Game Wardens

Patrol assigned area to prevent fish and game law violations. Investigate reports of damage to crops or property by wildlife. Compile biological data.

  • Average Salary:$57,500
  • Most Common Education:Bachelor's degree

Forensic Science Technicians

Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.

  • Average Salary:$59,150
  • Most Common Education:Bachelor's degree

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

Enforce fire regulations, inspect forest for fire hazards, and recommend forest fire prevention or control measures. May report forest fires and weather conditions.

  • Average Salary:$45,270
  • Most Common Education:High school

Gambling Surveillance Officers and Gambling Investigators

Observe gambling operation for irregular activities such as cheating or theft by either employees or patrons. Investigate potential threats to gambling assets such as money, chips, and gambling equipment. Act as oversight and security agent for management and customers.

  • Average Salary:$34,190
  • Most Common Education:High school

Intelligence Analysts

Gather, analyze, or evaluate information from a variety of sources, such as law enforcement databases, surveillance, intelligence networks or geographic information systems. Use intelligence data to anticipate and prevent organized crime activities, such as terrorism.

  • Average Salary:$83,170
  • Most Common Education:Bachelor's degree

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.

  • Average Salary:$136,910
  • Most Common Education:Doctoral degree

Judicial Law Clerks

Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.

  • Average Salary:$54,010
  • Most Common Education:Doctoral degree


Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

  • Average Salary:$122,960
  • Most Common Education:First professional degree

Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.

  • Average Salary:$47,300
  • Most Common Education:Some college