Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security

When there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? Typically someone from this career cluster will respond to your request for help. These workers protect us from crime and other sources of harm like natural disasters. They help us receive fair treatment and get justice when we’ve been wronged. Some workers also set up and implement security plans.

If you pay attention to the evening news or watch television dramas, you’re aware of the most obvious occupations in this industry: police officers, fire fighters, and lawyers. Less apparent careers include hazardous material removal workers, ski patrol workers, and postsecondary educators who teach criminal justice, psychology, and anthropology classes. Occupations with faster than average growth in New Mexico include security guards, paralegals, and emergency medical technicians.

Work environments and educational backgrounds differ in these careers. Although some workers stay in offices most of the day, others work in the outdoors. For certain jobs, workers have to pass medical exams and demonstrate strength and agility. Some careers may be dangerous and require shift work, sometimes with long hours. Many of these jobs can be found at all levels of government, in law offices, and security businesses.