Public Service


    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects increases in employment nationwide through 2014 for all three
    pathways in the Public Services industry sector. Job openings in community and social services are expected to
    increase by approximately 21 percent; in legal services, by 16 percent, in protective services, by 14 percent; and
    in state and local government services, by 11 percent. In California, occupational employment projections also
    foresee growth in all of this sector’s pathways through 2014. Job openings in state and local government services
    are expected to increase by 17 percent; in community and social services, by 22 percent; in legal services, by
    16 percent; and in protective services, by 18 percent. This growth will result from heightened interest in homeland
    and border security as well as the retirement of workers from the baby-boom generation.

    The Public Services industry sector provides a foundation for secondary students in government, public administration,
    public safety, legal services, and human services. It encompasses three career pathways, Human Services,
    Legal and Government Services, and Protective Services, which emphasize processes, systems, and services
    related to serving the public’s interest. Knowledge and skills are acquired (1) within a sequential, standards-based
    program that integrates classroom, laboratory, and project- and work-based instruction; and (2) through internships,
    community classrooms, work experience, and cooperative career technical education. Pathways in this
    sector are designed to prepare students for technical training, postsecondary education, and entry to a variety
    of careers.


    (with high school diploma)
    Social and Human Service Assistant
    Forest Fire Fighters
    Security Guards
    Animal Control Worker
    Foster Care Worker
    Elected Official
    Parking Enforcement Officer
    Legal Clerk


    (with AA or AS degree or certificate)
    Police Officer
    Probation Officers and Correctional
    Correctional Officers and Jailers
    Police Patrol Officers
    Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
    Fire Apparatus Engineer
    U.S. Customs Officer
    Eligibility Worker
    Vocational Counselor
    Employment and Training Technician
    Residential Counselor
    Substance Abuse Counselor
    Licensed Psychiatric Technician
    Mental Health Worker
    Paralegals and Legal Assistants
    (with BA or BS degree)
    Federal Marshal
    FBI, ATF, DEA Agent
    Probation Mediator
    Marriage and Family Therapist
    Licensed Clinical Social Worker
    Family Social Service Worker
    Foreign Language Interpreter
    Medical/Public Health Social Workers
    Mental Health Social Worker
    Mental Health Counselor
    Judge, Magistrate Judge