Careers in this cluster involve protecting people and enforcing rules. All of the legal occupations and nearly all of the protective service occupations in the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) are assigned to this cluster.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) counted about 4.9 million jobs in the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) occupations that are assigned to the law, public safety, corrections, and security cluster. Median annual wages for these occupations ranged from $19,040 for lifeguards, ski patrol, and other recreational protective service workers to $118,150 for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates.
Many occupations in this cluster typically require a high school diploma or equivalent. However, specific designations range from less than a high school diploma and short-term on-the-job training for occupations such as security guards to a doctoral or professional degree, 5 or more years of work experience in a related occupation, and short-term on-the-job training for judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates.
BLS projects occupations assigned to the security and protective services pathway to have the most job openings in the law, public safety, corrections, and security cluster. Among the occupations in this pathway is security guards, which is projected to have the most job openings in the cluster.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics