Law, Public Safety and Security, Education and Training

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*
Teacher Assistant $12.09
Child Care Worker $12.31
Pre-School Teacher $14.19
Security Guard $15.05
Dispatcher $21.19
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Substitute Teacher $10.58
Protective Service Worker $16.65
Correctional Officer and Jailer $17.66
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer $22.08
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Kindergarten Teacher $25.95
First Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives $31.81
Education Administrator (Elementary and Secondary School) $39.28

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Principles of Teaching Walton High School
Criminal Justice Operations Freeport High School
Criminal Justice Operations South Walton High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Early Childhood Education Northwest Florida State College
Public Safety Northwest Florida State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Education and Professional Studies University of West Florida
Professional Studies (Criminal Justice) University of West Florida

Find Out More

To find out more about Middle and High School Career Academies in Walton County, please contact Abby Kellam at (850) 892-1100 ext. 1553, or submit this form:

To find about more about Next and Later education and traning programs, please contact our partners.

See a complete list of Walton County Career Academies or for more information about career and technical education in Walton County middle and high schools, please visit Walton County Career and Technical Education.

Explore other careers in the area…

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Architecture and Construction

Arts, AV Technology and Communication

Business Management and Administration

Engineering and Technology Education

Health Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism

Information Technology


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.