Public Service and Education

You can shape the future and make a difference in your community by choosing a career in education or public service. This pathway provides a variety of opportunities to work with people of many ages and backgrounds.

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Childcare Worker $12.22
Teacher Assistant $12.30
Pre-School Teacher $15.08
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Social Service Assistant $18.33
Education and Childcare Administrator, Preschool and Day Care $21.00
Protective Service Worker $21.21
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Guidance and Career Counselor $27.71
Teacher, Middle School $28.04
Instructional Coordinator $29.66
Teacher, Secondary School $30.38
Education Administrator $46.13

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Education and Training J.R. Arnold High School
Law Public Safety and Security North Bay Haven
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Correctional Officer Gulf Coast State College
Criminal Justice Technology Gulf Coast State College
Criminology Gulf Coast State College
Early Childhood Education Chipola CollegeGulf Coast State CollegeNorthwest Florida State College
Elementary Teacher Education Gulf Coast State College
FLDOE Temporary to Professional Teaching Certificate Northwest Florida State College
Florida Childcare Professional Gulf Coast State CollegeNorthwest Florida State College
Florida Director Credential Northwest Florida State College
Law Enforcement Officer Gulf Coast State College
National Child Development Associate Northwest Florida State College
Special Education Gulf Coast State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Crime Scene Investigation Florida State University (Bay County)
Early Childhood Education Northwest Florida State College
Education Chipola College
Elementary Education Florida State University (Bay County)Northwest Florida State College
Law Enforcement Intelligence Florida State University (Bay County)
Law Enforcement Operations Florida State University (Bay County)
Organizational Management Gulf Coast State College
Social Work Florida State University (Bay County)

See a complete list of Bay County Career Academies.

Explore other careers in the area…

Advanced Manufacturing

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Arts, AV Technology and Communication

Business and Professional Services

Construction and Architecture

Distribution Logistics & Transportation

Engineering and Technology

Health Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism

Information Technology and Cybersecurity

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.