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The Public Services Industry Sector provides a foundation for students interested in being involved in their community and serving the public’s interest. Careers in this sector often attract people who want to help their fellow citizens and make improvements to the communities they serve. Careers range from public safety to community outreach, and everything in between. Because of heightened interest in homeland and border security, employment growth in this sector is projected at over 20% in the near future.

Students engage in an instructional program that integrates academic and technical preparation and focuses on career awareness, exploration, and skill preparation. Community service, internships, and work experience go hand in hand with classroom instruction.

Career Pathways

Those involved in human services are concerned with the well-being of the people in the communities they serve. Human services is an umbrella term that includes a variety of different careers with one common denominator, the desire to help people improve the quality of their lives. Services often include providing or supporting client participation in a treatment plan. Many people are drawn to this pathway because of the personal satisfaction they receive from helping others.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Child Care
  • Foster Care
  • Youth Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Educational Counselors
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emergency Services
  • Disaster Teams
  • Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors

The Legal and Government Services Pathway examines the unique nature of careers in our government and legal system. Careers in the legal field are in constant demand with numerous lucrative positions available. While some careers in this pathway require a college education, many require no more than a high school diploma.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Judges
  • Elected Officials
  • Border Control
  • Atf /Cia /Dea /Fbi Agents
  • Fish and Game Wardens
  • Customs Inspectors
  • Criminologists
  • Lawyers
  • Paralegals
  • Legal Clerks
  • Court Reporters
  • Diplomatic Service

Careers in this pathway primarily address public order, fire protection, and emergency medical services. With a continually growing population, the need for protective services is in constant high demand. Successful individuals who follow this pathway are concerned with protecting people from danger and helping to ensure their health and safety. Many of these careers provide great personal satisfaction from seeing the positive results of personal effort.

Careers/Career Areas:

  • Police Officers
  • Sheriff Deputies
  • Animal Control
  • Fire Fighters
  • Correctional Officers
  • Fire Inspectors
  • Paramedics
  • Lifeguards
  • Ski Patrol
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Private Investigators
  • Security Guards
  • Railroad Police

Labor Market Information

The information below is just a small sample of the many great employment related resources available on the State of California website www.edd.ca.gov. We encourage you to visit the website and explore the available information.

Occupation Title Employment Levels in 2006 Projected Employment Level 2016 Projected Job Growth Percent of Job Growth 2008 Hourly ¹Mean Wage 2008 ²Weekly Mean Wage 2008 ³Monthly Mean Wage 2008 Annual Mean Wage
Animal Control Workers
1,700 2,100 23.5% $20.75 $830.00 $3,486.00 $41,832.00
Child Care workers
128,500 146,300 13.9% $11.05 $442.00 $1,856.40 $22,276.80
Child, Family, and School Social Worker
21,700 25,700 18.4% $24.92 $996.80 $4,186.56 $50,238.70
Correctiional Officers & Jailers
38,400 46,200 20.3% $30.66 $1,226.40 $5,150.88 $61,810.60
Court Reporters
2,000 2,400 20.0% $33.48 $1,339.20 $5,624.64 $67,495.70
Detectives & Criminal Investigators
11,300 14,300 26.5% $36.76 $1,470.40 $6,175.68 $74,108.20
Ed., Vocational, and School Counselor
29,100 34,800 19.6% $28.13 $1,125.20 $4,725.84 $56,710.10
Emerg. Medical Techs & Paramedics
12,100 14,800 22.3% $15.56 $622.40 $2,614.08 $31,369.00
Fire Fighters
26,700 31,600 18.4% $30.16 $1,206.40 $5,066.88 $60,802.60
Forensic Science Technicians
1,600 2,300 43.8% $30.10 $1,204.00 $5,056.80 $60,681.60
Judges, magistrates
1,900 2,100 10.5% $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Law Clerks
4,400 4,600 4.5% $21.50 $860.00 $3,612.00 $43,344.00
Lawyers
85,000 97,900 15.2% $67.69 $2,707.60 $11,371.90 $136,463.00
Marriage & Family Therapists
6,400 7,800 21.9% $21.02 $840.80 $3,531.36 $42,376.30
Paralegal & Legal Assistants
24,700 31,200 26.3% $26.91 $1,076.40 $4,520.88 $54,250.60
Police & Sheriff Patrol Officers
61,300 72,200 17.8% $34.93 $1,397.20 $5,868.24 $70,418.90
Private Detectives & Investigators
5,700 6,500 14.0% $25.90 $1,036.00 $4,351.20 $52,214.40
Psychiatrists
6,100 7,100 16.4% $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Psychologists
2,400 2,800 16.7% $52.08 $2,083.20 $8,749.44 $104,993.00
Security Guards
139,300 160,300 15.1% $12.33 $493.20 $2,071.44 $24,857.30
Substance and Behavioral Counselor
9,600 13,000 35.4% $17.39 $695.60 $2,921.52 $35,058.20
Transit & Railroad Police
0.0% $0.00 $0.00 $0.00