My Dream Job

By Madison Jones

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Who work in Law, Public, Corrections, and security work as security guards and police officers and in other jobs to make sure the world we live in is safe. They work to protect our homes and other property as well as our lives.

Career Name

Criminal Justice

Is it a growing career?

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Continued interest for public safety will lead to new openings for officers however, jobs may be competitive, depending on location.

Cluster Name

Law, Public, Corrections, and security



Working Conditions

Police officers are more likely to become injured or ill while at work than people employed in most other industries. Many officers incur injuries while attempting to arrest suspected criminals. Some officers develop mental health issues as a result of working long hours in stressful conditions.

Job Requirements

Age, Education, Experience, Competencies, Physical Requirements, Background Information,Desired Qualifications.

Job Description

Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice protects the lives and property of those under his or her jurisdiction, as well as help keep the public safe Another option may be to specialize in a specific area, such as working with a patrol harbor or being a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team.

What degree or training is needed?

High School Degree, General College Coursework, Two-year College Degree,

Four-year College Degree, Police Academy, Pass Background Checks and Physical Exams,


There are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers now serving in the United States, which is the highest figure ever. About 12 percent of those are female.