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Rising Up to Serve and Support Our Communities.

Public safety careers typically involve making sure people are free to lead safe and secure lives. Whether you want to fight crime on the streets or fight injustice in the courtroom, there are many great careers in this sector for people who want to make a difference in their communities.

Jobs in this sector generally fall into the areas of public safety, community services, emergency response, and legal practices. Many are government jobs, which are highly prized because of their benefits. Instructional programs provide students with the theoretical understanding and technical skills required for them to be successful in their chosen fields.

Students who have an understanding of diverse communities and an interest in helping people of all socio-economic backgrounds will find the careers in this sector especially fulfilling because of the way they directly impact people’s lives.A degree or certificate from your local community college can catapult you into your new career.

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Careers in Public Safety & Services

Answer the call with a career in Public Safety.

Police Officer | Probation Officer | Correctional Officer & Jailer | Police Patrol Officer | Sheriff & Deputy Sheriff | Firefighter | Fire Apparatus Engineer | U.S. Customs Officer | Eligibility Worker | Vocational Counselor | Employment & Training Technician | Residential Counselor | Substance Abuse Counselor | Licensed Psychiatric Technician | Mental Health Worker | Paralegal & Legal Assistant

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Skills Gained

Get the critical knowledge and tools to succeed in a Public Safety career.

Social Perceptiveness | Situational Awareness | Cultural Sensitivity | Critical Thinking | Problem Solving | Physical Ability | Communication | Listening | Intellectual Rigor | Ethics | Research

Earning Potential for Careers in Public Safety & Services

Your career education in public safety and services opens doors to bigger opportunities, higher salaries, and more!

  • Court, Municipal, and License Clerks: $38,126-$54,284
  • Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners: $55,272-$100,343
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $97,855-$143,574
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics: $37,319-$63,425
  • Firefighters: $68,497-$119,270
  • Paralegals and Legal Assistants: $39,917-$70,753
  • Police and Sheriffs Patrol Officers: $84,062-$120,758
  • Social and Human Service Assistants: $29,683-$48,553

I wanted a job that there was always going to be a need for.

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Public Safety & Services Facts

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Students report an average salary increase of 17% after completing coursework. After completing coursework, 72% of students report finding a job within 6 months or less.

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Graduates of Los Angeles and Orange County community college Public Safety programs report a 92% satisfaction rate.

Orange County Community Colleges


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