Public Safety

Public Safety Program Programs and majors in Public Safety can lead to careers in law enforcement, firefighting and emergency medical services.

Do any of these things interest you?

  • Giving back to your community.
  • Standing firm in the face of adversity.
  • Assessing potential hazards within your community.
  • Determining how to eliminate or avoid risks.
  • Finding patterns in nature or everyday life.
  • Rendering aid to those in need.If so, take a look at careers in Public Safety below.
If so, take a look at careers in Public Safety below.

 

Careers in Public Safety
 

Police Officer

Similar Job Titles
Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent (ALE Agent), Law Enforcement Officer, Officer, Patrol Officer, Peace Officer, Police Officer, Police Patrol Officer, Public Safety Officer, State Trooper, Uniform Patrol Police Officer

Description
Patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

Police officers typically: Identify, pursue, and arrest suspects and perpetrators of criminal acts.  Provide for public safety by maintaining order, responding to emergencies, protecting people and property, enforcing motor vehicle and criminal laws, and promoting good community relations.  Monitor traffic to ensure motorists observe traffic regulations and exhibit safe driving procedures.  Review facts of incidents to determine if criminal act or statute violations were involved.  Monitor, note, report, and investigate suspicious persons and situations, safety hazards, and unusual or illegal activity in patrol area.

Hourly

$29.35

Regional

Salary

$61,050

Regional

 

Current Employment

10,090

Regional

 

Job Growth

7%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 10,090 people in the state. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 7%.

Visit the Criminal Justice Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Police Officer

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Crime Scene Investigator (Police Identification & Records Officers)

Similar Job Titles
Crime Scene Evidence Technician, Crime Scene Investigator, Crime Scene Technician, Criminalist, Field Identification Specialist, Forensic Specialist, Identification Officer, Identification Technician, Latent Fingerprint Examiner, Latent Print Examiner

Description
Collect evidence at crime scene, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.

Crime Scene Investigators typically: Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.  Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.  Testify in court and present evidence.  Analyze and process evidence at crime scenes, during autopsies, or in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.  Create sketches and diagrams by hand or with computer software to depict crime scenes.  Serve as technical advisor and coordinate with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities. 

Crime Scene Investigators typically: Maintain records of evidence and write and review reports.  Submit evidence to supervisors, crime labs, or court officials for legal proceedings.  Testify in court and present evidence.  Analyze and process evidence at crime scenes, during autopsies, or in the laboratory, wearing protective equipment and using powders and chemicals.  Create sketches and diagrams by hand or with computer software to depict crime scenes.  Serve as technical advisor and coordinate with other law enforcement workers or legal personnel to exchange information on crime scene collection activities.

Hourly

$38.45

Regional

Salary

$79,970

Regional

Current Employment

960

Regional

Job Growth

8%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 960 people in the state.  In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 8%.

Visit the Criminal Justice Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as a Police Identification & Records Officer

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Firefighter (Municipal Firefighter)

Similar Job Titles
Apparatus Operator, Fire Captain, Fire Chief, Fire Engineer, Fire Equipment Operator, Firefighter, Fireman, Safety Officer, Volunteer Firefighter

Description
Control and extinguish municipal fires, protect life and property and conduct rescue efforts.

Firefighters typically: Search burning buildings to locate fire victims. Rescue victims from burning buildings, accident sites, and water hazards.  Move toward the source of a fire, using knowledge of types of fires, construction design, building materials, and physical layout of properties. Respond to fire alarms and other calls for assistance, such as automobile and industrial accidents. Create openings in buildings for ventilation or entrance, using axes, chisels, crowbars, electric saws, or core cutters.

Hourly

$23.60

Regional

Salary

$49,080

Regional

Current Employment

3,700

Regional

Job Growth

7%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 3,700 people in the state.  In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 7%.

Visit the Fire Technology Program webpage

Learn more about a career as a Municipal Firefighter

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Emergency Medical Technician / Paramedic

Similar Job Titles
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); Emergency Medical Technician, Basic (EMT, B); Emergency Medical Technician/Driver (EMT/DRIVER); EMT Intermediate (Emergency Medical Technician, Intermediate); EMT, Paramedic (Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic); EMT/Dispatcher (Emergency Medical Technician/Dispatcher); First Responder; Flight Paramedic; Multi Care Technician (Multi Care Tech); Paramedic

Description
Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics typically: Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings. Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments. Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.

Hourly

$16.05

Regional

Salary

$33,380

Regional

Current Employment

1,840

Regional

Job Growth

12%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

Projections: This occupation currently employs 1,840 people in the state.  In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in Nevada is expected to increase by 12%.

Visit the Paramedic Medicine Program webpage 

Learn more about a career as an Emergency Medical Technician / Paramedic

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.

 

Emergency Management Coordinator

Similar Job Titles
Emergency Management Consultant, Emergency Management Coordinator, Emergency Management Specialist, Emergency Management System Director (EMS Director), Emergency Planner, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Emergency Preparedness Program Specialist, Emergency Services Director, Hazard Mitigation Officer, Public Safety Director

Description
Plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.

Emergency Management Coordinators typically:  Keep informed of activities or changes that could affect the likelihood of an emergency, as well as those that could affect response efforts and details of plan implementation.  Prepare emergency situation status reports that describe response and recovery efforts, needs, and preliminary damage assessments.  Prepare plans that outline operating procedures to be used in response to disasters or emergencies, such as hurricanes, nuclear accidents, and terrorist attacks, and in recovery from these events.  Coordinate disaster response or crisis management activities, such as ordering evacuations, opening public shelters, and implementing special needs plans and programs.  Develop and maintain liaisons with municipalities, county departments, and similar entities to facilitate plan development, response effort coordination, and exchanges of personnel and equipment. 

Hourly

$34.98

Regional

Salary

$72,760

Regional

Current Employment

10,100

National

Job Growth

8%

Regional


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 wage data and 2016-2026 employment projections

ProjectionsThis occupation currently employs 10,100 people in the United States. In the next ten years, employment for this occupation in the United States is expected to increase by 8%.

Visit the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy webpage

Learn more about a career as a Correctional Officers / Jailer

Wage Disclaimer: Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. Required education level for indicated wage and employment trends available from O*NET OnLine.


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Degrees & Certificates in This Area of Study


Criminal Justice (Associate of Arts)

Criminal Justice (Associate of Applied Science)

Criminal Justice (Certificate of Achievement)

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Training Academy (Associate of Applied Science)

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Training Academy (Certificate of Achievement)

Fire and Emergency Services Administration (Bachelor of Applied Science)

Fire Science Technology - Fire Fighting (Certificate of Achievement)

Fire Technology Management (Associate of Applied Science)

Paramedic Medicine (Associate of Applied Science)

Paramedic Medicine (Certificate of Achievement)

NOTE: Associate of Arts, Business, and Science degrees are intended for transfer to another NSHE institution. Associate of Applied Science degrees are for a specific occupation, intended to respond to the needs of the workforce and may transfer to a NSHE institution offering a Bachelor of Applied Science degree.