Public Service

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Do you have strong values and moral character?
Do you work well with others?
Do you have the desire to keep your community and country safe?
Are you dependable?


What it takes:

  • Integrity.
  • Mental and physical stamina.
  • Loyalty to country and comnmunity.
  • Willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Ability to follow a strict set of rules.


Look around you...

Committing to protect and serve those in our community, nation and world is an honorable and rewarding career choice. Those who serve in Public Service are found in our police forces, correctional facilities, government offices, fire and rescue departments and all branches of the military (Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard, Air Force).

The men and women who work in Public Service not only make a career choice, but often times a lifestyle choice that affects their families as well as themselves. After successfully completing high school, some students enter directly into a branch of the military or training program to become a Police Officer, Corrections Officer or Firefighter. Other positions, such as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Paramedic, require short, but intense training at a technical or community college. Military Officers, political office positions, and some law enforcement positions require bachelor’s degrees. All Public Serve careers demand a high level of commitment and dedication to serving others.


Career Spotlight

Paramedics

Paramedics are found working in hospitals, from fire trucks, police cars, ambulances, or helicopters. They are advanced medical responders, first on the scene of accidents, medical emergencies and natural disasters. People’s lives depend on Paramedics’ quick response and highly-skilled medical care.

Paramedics provide on-site, immediate medical care to those in need. They evaluate the condition of the patient, administer medications if necessary, operate heart monitors, defibrillators and other equipment, and transport patients to hospitals either by land or air. Often, they work in teams. If working on an ambulance, one Paramedic will drive while the other(s) cares for the patient. Paramedics may also work withTflight crews to transport patients to trauma centers by helicopter.

Paramedics are the highest level of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). After successfully completing high school, completion of a certificate or associate’s degree from a technical or community college is required. Often, additional certifications and continued education is required. Many Paramedics decide to continue their education and training to become nurses and doctors.

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Careers in Public Service

  • Armored Transport Services
  • Auditor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Detective
  • Diplomat
  • Emergency Dispatcher
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Agent
  • Fire Inspector
  • Firefighter
  • Forest Firefighter
  • Governor
  • Jailer
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Legislator
  • Mail Carrier
  • Marine Police
  • Military Enlisted
  • Military Officer
  • Military Police
  • Mayor
  • Paramedic
  • Patrol Officer
  • Police Dispatcher
  • Postmaster
  • Private Investigator
  • Security & Protective Services
  • Park Ranger
  • Security Guard
  • State Trooper
  • Sheriff/Deputy
  • Senator
  • Tax Examiner

For more information:

Janet Ormond
Chair, Central AlabamaWorks
Industry Training Center
1701 Lafayette Parkway
Opelika, Alabama 36801
334.745.6437 ext. 5521
jormond@centralalabamaworks.com