Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Be the Law

Industry Overview

When you feel as though you have a calling in life ‘to protect and serve,’ you almost certainly will be drawn to the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security career cluster. This career cluster not only includes those working in law enforcement, but also those who work to make sure the public is kept safe in other ways, including fire and emergency services. Whereas the responsibilities of many of the careers in this cluster may sound similar, the stakes at which they are performed often dictate the amount of training or education required. A security guard may be able to be successful with only a high school diploma, but a police officer may require some college as well as academy training. The completion of a four-year college program may be required for one to become a detective.

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Court reporter

Career Overview

Court reporters listen to various legal proceedings (trials, depositions) and create a word-for-word written transcription.

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$28,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr

Fire Department Captain - Jose

Career Overview

Firefighters do whatever it takes to put out fires and rescue victims of fires and other emergency situations. The Captain typically takes a leadership role during emergency situations.

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$24,000 /yr
$55,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Fire Department Lieutenant (Crash Truck) - Justin

Career Overview

Firefighters do whatever it takes to put out fires and rescue victims of fires and other emergency situations. Crash trucks are located at airports in order to deal with airplane crashes.

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$24,000 /yr
$55,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Fire Department Lieutenant - Annie

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Firefighters do whatever it takes to put out fires and rescue victims of fires and other emergency situations. The Lieutenant is the one who drives the fire truck and operates the pumps to pump water onto the fire.

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$24,000 /yr
$55,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Firefighter

Career Overview

Firefighters do whatever it takes to put out fires and rescue victims of fires and other emergency situations. Make sure to use the search box to find videos made by Annie, Jose, Justin, and John!

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$24,000 /yr
$55,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Firefighter (EMT) - John

Career Overview

Firefighters do whatever it takes to put out fires and rescue victims of fires and other emergency situations.

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$24,000 /yr
$55,000 /yr
$90,000 /yr

Lawyer (Class Action) - Sheeva

Career Overview

In general, lawyers advise clients on how to conduct various activities within the scope of the law. In addition, they represent clients during legal disputes. Sheeva, the lawyer featured in the video, works on class action lawsuits where large numbers of people get together to sue a large company (for example) because of the same issue like an injury.

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$56,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Lawyer (Commercial Litigator) - Andrea

Career Overview

In general, lawyers advise clients on how to conduct various activities within the scope of the law. In addition, they represent clients during legal disputes. Andrea, the lawyer featured in the video, represents corporations and lending institutions.

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$56,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Lawyer (Securities Litigation) - Kristian

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In general, lawyers advise clients on how to conduct various activities within the scope of the law. In addition, they represent clients during legal disputes. Kristian, the lawyer featured in the video, helps people who have been given faulty advice from their financial advisors.

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$56,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Lawyer (Trial) - Virginia

Career Overview

In general, lawyers advise clients on how to conduct various activities within the scope of the law. In addition, they represent clients during legal disputes. Virginia, the lawyer featured in the video, often works on medical malpractice cases.

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$56,000 /yr
$120,000 /yr
$208,000 /yr

Lifeguard (Beach) - Peter

Career Overview

A lifeguards job is to protect, educate, and potentially save people who are at a beach or pool. Peter, the lifeguard featured in the video, works as a lifeguard on Pensacola Beach, Florida.

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$19,000 /yr
$21,000 /yr
$23,000 /yr

Paralegal (Nursing) - Caroline

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Paralegals support lawyers by assisting with legal research, preparing legal documents, and organizing case-related information. Caroline, the paralegal featured in the video, also has a nursing degree, and she works on medical malpractice cases.

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$30,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Paralegal (Transactional) - April

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Paralegals support lawyers by assisting with legal research, preparing legal documents, and organizing case-related information.

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$30,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Paralegal - Lydia

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Paralegals support lawyers by assisting with legal research, preparing legal documents, and organizing case-related information.

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$30,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$78,000 /yr

Park Ranger - Kyle

Career Overview

Park rangers are responsible for protecting the property within national parks. They may patrol trails and campgrounds to make sure that guests are following all fire and safety guidelines. They may also conduct tours for the park for park guests. In some instances, they may even need to conduct search-and-rescue missions for lost campers.

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$30,000 /yr
$42,000 /yr
$70,000 /yr

Police - Call Taker/Dispatcher - Janice

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A call taker/dispatcher answers emergency calls to 911 and dispatches the appropriate services (police, fire, etc.) to people in need.

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$25,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr

Police - Crime Scene Analyst - Nicole

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A crime scene analyst analyzes crime scenes to gather evidence by doing many things including taking pictures and looking for finger prints and/or DNA.

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$34,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$101,000 /yr

Police - Detective - Chad

Career Overview

Police officers (in general) enforce laws by patrolling particular areas, respond to emergencies, collect evidence related to crimes, and testifying in courts (along with doing many other things). A detective spends more time investigating specific crimes and collecting evidence related to these crimes.

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$34,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$101,000 /yr

Police - K-9 Officer - Bruce

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Police officers (in general) enforce laws by patrolling particular areas, respond to emergencies, collecting evidence related to crimes, and testifying in court (along with doing many other things). A K-9 officer performs work with a dog including locating people, weapons, and drugs (among other things).

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$34,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$101,000 /yr

Police - Patrol Officer - Cliff

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Police officers (in general) enforce laws by patrolling particular areas, respond to emergencies, collect evidence related to crimes, and testifying in courts (along with doing many other things).

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$34,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr
$101,000 /yr

Police - Patrol Officer - SWAT Operator - Candace

Career Overview

Police officers (in general) enforce laws by patrolling particular areas, respond to emergencies, collect evidence related to crimes, and testifying in courts (along with doing many other things). A SWAT operator is called in when situations present significant risks to police officers or to the public. SWAT operators receive significantly more training than other police officers.

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$34,000 /yr
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Police - Property Management Supervisor - Cindy

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A property management supervisor oversees all of the evidence and property that has been turned in to a police department.

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$30,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$50,000 /yr

Police - Sergeant Criminal Investigations - Chuck

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A sergeant in the criminal investigations unit oversees the detectives in a police department.

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$61,000 /yr
$101,000 /yr

Police Patrol Officer

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Police officers are employees of a law enforcement agency in their country, region, or city. Police officers swear an oath to protect and serve the citizens they represent. They are warranted by the government to enforce the law by arresting criminals and detecting and preventing crimes. Use the search box to find videos by Cliff, Bruce, and Candace (a SWAT operator)!

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$34,000 /yr
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Security Guard - Dave

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A security guard typically patrols a property or business to make sure no crimes occur.

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$22,000 /yr
$32,000 /yr
$52,000 /yr