The Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security cluster is about applying your sense of ethics and desire for justice to protect life, liberty, and property within your community. Responsibilities may include responding to emergencies, enforcing laws, or assisting with the reintegration of legal offenders into society.
Growth in the older population over the next decade will result in an increase in age-related emergencies, thus also increasing the demand for paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and ambulance drivers and attendants. For those who would like to apply their interest in science to the field of law enforcement, a job as a forensic science technician might be a good fit. These workers collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. High caseloads and technological advancements in this field will continue to drive its higher-than-average job growth in the near future.
Occupational Projections: 2018-2028
Virginia’s Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security cluster is projected to expand by 2.1% between 2018 and 2028, which is slightly less than the 3.2% expansion expected nationally among the same occupations. In 2018, this cluster encompassed 149,024 workers in the commonwealth. By 2028, that number is projected to rise by 3,202, resulting in 152,226 jobs in this cluster throughout Virginia.
For more information on occupations in the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security cluster, visit Trailblazers – Career and Technical Education in Virginia-This is a PDF document..
|Top 10 Occupations by Size||2018 Estimated Number of Jobs in Virginia||Annual Virginia Median Wage||Typical Education, Training, and Work Experience Requirements|
|Security Guards||30,509||$34,770||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers||18,455||$56,790||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Correctional Officers and Jailers||15,849||$40,670||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Paralegals and Legal Assistants||10,434||$49,050||Associate Degree or Some College|
|Firefighters||10,368||$52,610||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Legal Support Workers, All Other||8,095||$131,900||Bachelor's Degree|
|Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics||6,150||*$34,521||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification|
|Detectives and Criminal Investigators||3,196||$97,900||Bachelor's Degree; Training/Certification; Work Experience|
|First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives||3,122||$87,760||Associate Degree or Some College; Training/Certification; Work Experience|
Data Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Virginia Employment Commission; Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia*2018 wage data
Career Cluster Planning
A resource for counselors, administrators, and educators
CTE VERSO – includes information to help local school divisions plan and schedule instructional programs. VERSO is organized by program area, with a complete listing of courses, concentration sequences, and credentials available to students as they plan for career entry and continuing education. Users may access course information by cluster or by searching for specific courses or certifications.
Information and tips for instructional leaders, administrators, counselors and teachers/faculty for creating a career pathway academic and career plan of study.
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Cluster Information
- Checklist for Developing Career Clusters Plans of Study (Word)
Sample Academic and Career Plans of Study
School divisions are asked to develop sample plans of study based on the courses offered within their schools, the employment needs of the region, and the post-high school educational opportunities needed for these careers. Once these sample plans are developed, they can be customized to the needs of individual students so that all students have the opportunity to have an individualized academic and career plan of study.
Sample Pathway Plans of Study for Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security:
- Correction Services (Word)
- Emergency & Fire Management Services (Word)
- Law Enforcement Services (Word)
- Legal Services (Word)
- Security & Protective Services (Word)
- Blank Plan of Study (with fields) (Word)
Also see Sample Plans of Study for all clusters and pathways.
Report: Education, Employment and Earnings: Analyzing Data from Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Cluster Analysis Document for Virginia
Current research relative to employment sectors and information on occupation supply and demand. The information is presented in two formats: a summary brief and a detailed report.
Nontraditional Careers: Occupational and Employment Information
- Executive Summary – Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security in Virginia (PDF)
- Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security in Virginia (PDF)
The Career Clusters logo and its extensions are the property of the National Career Technical Foundation, as managed by NASDCTEc. Some content on this page is from the publication, R U College & Career Ready? - 2017 Edition; and is used here with permission from the Virginia Business Publications LLC and Trailblazers in the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.