Law Enforcement Services

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security workers plan, manage and provide legal, public safety, and security and protective services. Occupations are numerous and represent multiple levels of education and skills. Occupations fall into major categories based on common knowledge and skills: correction services such as correctional officers and jailers; emergency and fire management services such as fire fighters, EMTs, paramedics, and public safety communications; security and protective services such as information security IT specialists; law enforcement such as criminal investigators, police officers, special agents; and legal services such as a court reporters or lawyers.

Workers in the in the Security & Protective services area protect property, people, and information. Security personnel often work in public buildings such as museums or art galleries to protect paintings and exhibits by inspecting people and packages entering and leaving the building. In factories, laboratories, government buildings, healthcare facilities, data processing centers, and military bases, security officers protect information, products, computer codes, and defense secrets and check the credentials of people and vehicles entering and leaving the premises.

Employment in this field Is expected to grow by about 18% from 2010 to 2020 which is as fast as the average for all occupations. Background and additional training can lead to transportation security screeners such as those that work the Atlanta International Airport. They are better known as TSA officers. Numerous job openings will stem from employment growth attributable to the desire for increased corporate, industrial and homeland security. Also, a more security‐conscious society and concern about drug‐related crimes should contribute to the increasing demand.