Public Services & 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*
Teacher Assistance $10.89
Customer Service Representative $14.70
Dispatcher (Police, Fire, & Ambulance) $15.17
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Emergency, Medical Technicians & Paramedics $12.75
First Line Supervisor of Office & Administrative Support Workers $19.35
Education, Training & Library Worker $25.70
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
First Line Supervisor of Police & Detective $25.44
Education Administrator (Elementary & Secondary School) $35.92
Administrative Services Manager $39.63

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs


Select your county to see local programs


Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution/School
Combined CJSTC Corrections and Law EnforcementFlorida Panhandle Technical College
Correction OfficerFlorida Panhandle Technical College
Criminal Justice TechnologyNorthwest Florida State College
Criminal JusticeNorthwest Florida State College
Early Childhood EducationNorthwest Florida State College
EducationGulf Coast State College
Emergency Administration & ManagementNorthwest Florida State College
Emergency Medical ServicesNorthwest Florida State College
Fire Officer SupervisorNorthwest Florida State College
Fire Technician Northwest Florida State College
Florida Law Enforcement AcademyFlorida Panhandle Technical College
Homeland Security Emergency ManagementNorthwest Florida State College
Law Enforcement, Public SafetyGulf Coast State College
ParamedicNorthwest Florida State College
Public SafetyNorthwest Florida State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution/School
AccountingUniversity of West Florida
AdministrationUniversity of West Florida
Business AdministrationUniversity of West Florida
Career & Technical EducationUniversity of West Florida
Career and Technical EducationUniversity of West Florida
College Student Affairs AdministrationUniversity of West Florida
Criminal JusticeUniversity of West Florida
Curriculum & InstructionUniversity of West Florida
Curriculum and InstructionUniversity of West Florida
Education Administrator (Elementary & Secondary School)Chipola College
Elementary EducationUniversity of West Florida
Elementary EducationFlorida State University (Bay County)
Exceptional Student EducationUniversity of West Florida
Instructional Design and TechnologyUniversity of West Florida
Law EnforcementFlorida State University (Bay County)
Legal StudiesUniversity of West Florida
Management Information SystemsUniversity of West Florida
ManagementUniversity of West Florida
Organizational ManagementGulf Coast State College
Reading EducationUniversity of West Florida
Social Sciences, InterdisciplinaryUniversity of West Florida
Social WorkUniversity of West Florida

Northwest Florida Career Pathways provides a broad snapshot of the job titles and average hourly rate for the noted eight participating Counties. Please select a county for the applicable county specific job title/average hourly rate and training programs in each geographic area.

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.

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