A career serving people serves a great purpose.

If you're that kind of person, you may find the career of your dreams on the Public Services Industry pathway.
There are a huge number of careers along this pathway, but they all start with three different branches: Human Services, Legal and Government Services and Protective Services. Follow any of these branches and you'll learn the facts and skills that will give your career a solid foundation. You'll also get internship and work experience that will give you a hands-on opportunity to serve the public.
Whether your passion is social work or police work...whether you dream of fighting fires or fighting injustice…no matter what way you want to serve your community, you can find a great career in the public services industry.

How much can you make?

Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers$30.87 - $42.40
Correctional Officers and Jailers$25.29 - $36.92
Medical and Public Health Social Workers$21.88 - $35.46
Fire Fighters$19.63 - $39.56
Police, Fire and Ambulance Dispatchers$19.51 - $30.43
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics$11.12 - $17.04

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