Public, Social Services, & Law Career Community

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Explore the Public and Social Services & Law Career Community

The Public and Social Services & Law career community includes those interested in careers related to families and individuals in need, including advocacy, counseling and mental health, childhood development services, and family and community services.  It also includes those interested in careers related to professional legal services, public safety, corrections, and protective services, and for those interested in working in politics at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Careers in the Public and Social Services & Law Career Community attract students from all academic majors. 

Some of the more common majors for students in this career community are:

  • Psychology
  • Sociology/Anthropology
  • Social Work
  • Literature
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Liberal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Economics
  • Computer Science

Here is a snapshot of the various career areas you could pursue in Public and Social Services & Law:

  • Advocacy and lobbying 
  • Children and family services
  • Community services 
  • Correction and probation
  • Developmental services
  • Ethics 
  • Federal, state, and local government
  • Gerontology
  • Human services
  • International affairs 
  • Judiciary and legal services
  • Law
  • Law enforcement 
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Mental health services
  • National security and intelligence 
  • Politics and elected office
  • Private security 
  • Public welfare
  • Religious affiliated services
  • Research and analysis
  • Social services
  • Substance abuse counseling

There are a wide variety of jobs within the Public and Social Services & Law industries.  Some sample jobs are listed below:

  • Behavioral analysis
  • Case management 
  • Campaign management
  • Children and family services and protection 
  • Community affairs
  • Corrections officer
  • Counselor 
  • Court reporting and administration
  • Criminal analyst 
  • Crisis work 
  • Emergency management services 
  • Foreign service
  • Fund raising/development
  • Grant writing
  • Intelligence and national security
  • Juvenile justice
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist 
  • Loss prevention/asset protection
  • Non-profit management/administration
  • Parole and probation
  • Police officer
  • Policy research/analyst
  • Public policy 
  • Security
  • Special interest advocacy
  • Social worker
  • Victims services

Public and Social Services & Law includes many different types of employers. Here are some examples:

  • Children and family services
  • Consulting firms
  • Correction facilities
  • Court systems
  • Drug and alcohol treatment
  • Educational institutions
  • Environmental protection agencies
  • Faith based organizations
  • Federal law enforcement and intelligence
  • Geriatric services
  • Governmental agencies
  • Hospital and health care
  • Labor unions
  • Law firms and clinics
  • Lobbying organizations
  • Mental and behavioral health
  • Nonprofits and NGOs
  • Parole an probation 
  • Police departments
  • Private security and investigation
  • Public interest firms
  • Public utilities
  • Public welfare agencies
  • Research firms and think tanks
  • Trade associations
  • Victim and services and shelters

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