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*
Child Care Worker $10.19
Dispatcher $15.29
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Preschool Teacher $11.77
Protective Service Worker $15.63
Correctional Officer and Jailer $16.68
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officer $17.52
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
First Line Supervisor of Correctional Officers $22.90
Kindergarten Teacher $23.51
First Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives $25.44
Instructional Coordinator $28.86

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
Early Childhood Education Walton High School
Criminal Operation Freeport High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
Criminal Justice Northwest Florida State College
Early Childhood Education Northwest Florida State College
Public Safety Northwest Florida State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
Accounting University of West Florida
Administration University of West Florida
Business Administration University of West Florida
Career and Technical Education University of West Florida
College Student Affairs Administration University of West Florida
Criminal Justice University of West Florida
Curriculum and Instruction University of West Florida
Elementary Education University of West Florida
Exceptional Student Education University of West Florida
Instructional Design and Technology University of West Florida
Legal Studies University of West Florida
Management University of West Florida
Management Information Systems University of West Florida
Reading Education University of West Florida
Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary University of West Florida
Social Work University of West Florida

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics, August 2016. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.

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.


For more information about career and technical education in Walton County middle and high schools, please visit Walton County Career and Technical Education.


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