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Public Services

Students are prepared for employment in various public services.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment increases nationwide for all three pathways in the Public Services Industry Sector through 2014. Job openings in community and social services are expected to increase by approximately 21 percent, legal services by 16 percent, protective services by 14 percent, and state and local government services by 11 percent. In California, occupation employment projections also foresees growth in the Public Services sector pathways through 2014. Job openings in community and social services are expected to increase by 22 percent, legal services by 16 percent, protective services by 18 percent, and state and local government services by 17 percent. The growth in the Public Services pathways will result from heightened interest in homeland and border security as well as the retirement of workers from the baby-boom generation.

The Public Services Industry Sector provides a foundation for secondary students in government services, public administration services, public safety services, legal services, and human services. It encompasses three career pathways, Human Services, Legal and Government Services, and Protective Services, which emphasizes on processes, systems, and services related to serving the public's interest. Knowledge and skills are acquired: (1) within a sequential standards-based program that integrates classroom, laboratory, and project-and-work-based instruction; and (2) through internships, community classrooms, work experience, and cooperative career technical education. Pathways in this sector are designed to prepare students for technical training, postsecondary education, and entry to a variety of careers.

Public Services Industry Sector Pathways:
  1. Human Services
  2. Legal and Government Services
  3. Protective Services

Sample of Public Services Pathway Courses

Illustrates education level and related occupations for Human Services, Legal and Government Services, and Protective Services.

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Contact Information

Lloyd McCabe, Ph.D.
Education Administrator I

Career Technical Education Leadership Instructional Support Office
Career and College Transition Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95814

Questions:   Career Technical Education Leadership Instructional Support Office | 916-322-5050
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