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*
Dispatcher $15.29
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Correctional Officer and Jailer $16.68
Police and Sherrif’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
First Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives $25.44

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
Combined CJSTC Corrections & Law Enforcement Florida Panhandle Technical Center
Correction Officer Florida Panhandle Technical Center
Florida Law Enforcement Academy Florida Panhandle Technical Center
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
Combined CJSTC Corrections and Law Enforcement Florida Panhandle Technical College
Correction Officer Florida Panhandle Technical College
Florida Law Enforcement Academy Florida Panhandle Technical College
Law Enforcement, Public Safety Gulf Coast State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
/School
Law Enforcement Florida State University (Bay County)
Organizational Management Gulf Coast State College


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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