The Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster is about planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services. The justice system is a complex field that employs many people to keep communications safe. This cluster offers great careers for people who want to give back to their community. Police officers, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters are vital for citizen’s security. This cluster also encompasses the legal field.
Employment Projections: 2010-2020
The Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security career cluster is projected to gain employment from 2010 and 2020, growing by 13 percent, about the national average rate of growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security occupations had about 4.8 million workers in 2010, and projects about 5.4 million by 2020.
The report Employment Projections for Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.
What They Make...
Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
|Occupation||Employed in VA||Typical salary1||Typical entry-level Education|
|Bailiffs||430||$19K–$67K||High school diploma|
|Detectives and criminal investigators||3,620||$40K–$123K||High school diploma|
|Emergency management directors||370||$31K–$108K||Bachelor's degree|
|Fire inspectors and investigators||180||$34K–$87K||High school diploma|
|Forensic science technicians||360||$32K–$85K||Bachelor's degree|
|Paralegals and legal assistants||8,680||$29K–$75K||Associate's degree|
|Police and sheriff's patrol officers||17,970||$32K–$89K||High school diploma|
|Police, fire and ambulance dispatchers||3,000||$23K–$57K||High school diploma|
|Private detectives and investigators||620||$28K–$80K||Some college|
|Probation officers and corrections specialists||2,830||$32K–$83K||Bachelor's degree|
|Security guards||32,520||$17K–$42K||High school diploma|
110th to 90th percentile
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG) – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. The APG is organized by career clusters, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Career Planning Guide – includes an easy way for students and counselors to look for courses to further career goals. One can search for occupations, browse by Career Clusters or favorite academic subjects.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Cluster Information
- Checklist for Developing Career Clusters Plans of Study (Word)
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security:
- Correction Services (Word)
- Emergency & Fire Management Services (Word)
- Law Enforcement Services (Word)
- Legal Services (Word)
- Security & Protective Services (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2014 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.