Public Safety Careers

Public safety professionals help protect the general populace, as well as property and the environment, and frequently, those in potentially dangerous environments or situations, whether natural or man-made. Public safety professionals help fight terrorism and other criminal activities, and ensure the safety and security of communities during an emergency; they are often the first to respond during a natural disaster or emergency. If you posses a strong feeling of responsibility for your country and community, a career in the field of public safety could be for you.

Employment Opportunities

Public Safety professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Criminal justice
  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Counterterrorism
  • Information Systems
  • Political science


Public Safety professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to deal with stressful conditions
  • Ability to work long hours
  • Detail-oriented
  • Responsible and conscientious
  • Enjoy working with people

Industry Spotlight

Emergency preparedness will continue to increase in importance, creating demand for these workers. More specialists will be needed to cope with technological advances in safety equipment and threats, changing regulations, and increasing public expectations. In private industry, employment growth will reflect overall business growth and continuing self-enforcement of government and company regulations and policies.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008