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 42 careers in this industry

A New York Police Department getting into his squad car

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.

  • Average Salary:$102,550
  • Most Common Education:Doctoral degree

Animal Control Workers

Handle animals for the purpose of investigations of mistreatment, or control of abandoned, dangerous, or unattended animals.

  • Average Salary:$39,160
  • Most Common Education:High school

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.

  • Average Salary:$49,410
  • Most Common Education:First professional degree


Maintain order in courts of law.

  • Average Salary:$48,320
  • Most Common Education:High school

Correctional Officers and Jailers

Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison, or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

  • Average Salary:$47,920
  • Most Common Education:High school

Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners

Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

  • Average Salary:$60,380
  • Most Common Education:Post-secondary certificate

Crossing Guards and Flaggers

Guide or control vehicular or pedestrian traffic at such places as streets, schools, railroad crossings, or construction sites.

  • Average Salary:$31,450
  • Most Common Education:High school

Customs and Border Protection Officers

Investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, goods, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.

  • Average Salary:$64,610
  • Most Common Education:High school

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Conduct investigations related to suspected violations of federal, state, or local laws to prevent or solve crimes.

  • Average Salary:$83,640
  • Most Common Education:High school

Emergency Medical Technicians

Assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

  • Average Salary:$35,470
  • Most Common Education:Not available