Public Service Industry

Public Service Jobs: Trends to Watch

Technology is changing skills-based careers in public service, just as it's changing many other industries. For someone who wants to make their community a better place and is open to learning new skills, that's an opportunity.

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Correctional Officer

Median Salary: $49,400
Jobs Available: 32,700+

If you want to help keep the public safe and serve your community, this career could be a good fit for you.

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Criminal Investigator

Median Salary: $83,500
Jobs Available: 8,500+

Here's an opportunity to serve your community. CIs gather facts and collect evidence to help solve crimes. They play an integral role in the justice system.

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EMTs and Paramedics

Median Salary: $43,300
Jobs Available: 21,000+

If you like helping people in your community, learn what it takes to become an essential medical responder.

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Environmental Field Technician

Median Salary: $48,100
Jobs Available: 4,800+

These technicians protect public health by taking samples of air, soil and water and conducting tests on those samples.

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Median Salary: $51,200
Jobs Available: 26,600+

If you tend to run toward danger instead of running away from it, here’s a job that can channel that energy.

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Paralegal and Legal Assistant

Median Salary: $57,200
Jobs Available: 44,900+

There’s a way to work in the field of law without going to law school. Use your organizational skills and strong work ethic to become a paralegal.

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Police Officer

Median Salary: $65,200
Jobs Available: 59,100+

If you want to help your community, this in-demand career is one to consider. You’ll make a difference and learn new skills every day.

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Preschool Teacher

Median Salary: $34,100
Jobs Available: 57,900+

If you love kids and want a calling — not just a job — look no further. This is career will keep you on your toes and reward you with deep satisfaction.

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Social Services Assistant

Median Salary: $37,900
Jobs Available: 58,600+

This highly rewarding career doesn't require years of training, yet it's a job where you can make a difference. Plus, the predicted job growth is 12%!

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Teacher Assistant

Median Salary: $30,900
Jobs Available: 137,000+

Keeping a class of students engaged is no easy task, which is why many teachers rely on the help of TAs. Here's what it takes to get into this rewarding career.

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