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Public safety is protecting and preventing the public from harm or danger that can result from crime and disasters. Emergency medical services (EMS), fire, and police personnel are common in protective service. Other public safety jobs include security officers, animal control workers, police dispatchers, prosecutors, health and utility inspectors.

Education & Career Opportunities in Public Safety

Depending upon your specific career choice, you may or may not need a public safety degree. For example, fire fighters, who earn a median annual wage of $44,260, do not need a bachelor's degree, but some postsecondary education is preferred. Several colleges and universities offer two- or four-year fire science degree programs. Strong competition for this profession is typical due to demand.

Police and detective applicants typically need at least a high school diploma. Some departments mandate one or two years of college classes or, in some cases, a college degree. Federal agencies, requires a bachelor's degree, relevant work experience or a combination of the two. Many schools offer public safety degree programs in law enforcement or administration of justice. Job outlook is good, particularly for those who know a foreign language. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, police and sheriff patrol officers earn a median annual wage of $51,410 in 2009.

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B.S. in Homeland Security and Emergency Management
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