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Job Prospects Looking Good for Florida Paralegals
Posted Monday, Jul 25, 2011 by Allen B. Ury
Florida students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in paralegal should find a friendly job market, according to Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. The agency, which tracks employment trends throughout the Sunshine State, reports job openings for paralegals will increase 24 percent in the 10 years between 2008 and 2018 (the agency’s most recent projection period). This is just below the 28-percent increase in paralegal jobs projected nationwide by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).*
Any increase of 20 percent or more over 10 years is considered “much faster than average” by the DOL.
The strong demand for paralegals is thought to be driven by several factors:
- An expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, health care, international law, elder issues, criminal law and environmental law.
- Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers.
- Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to businesses.
- The growth of prepaid legal plans is increasing demand for legal services.
Currently, about 70 percent of paralegals are employed by private law firms. While law firms are expected to continue dominating this field, other employers expected to hire paralegals in increasing numbers include corporate legal departments, insurance companies, title companies and banks.
In Florida, entry-level paralegals can expect to make approximately $28,800 per year, just a bit less than the $29,800 national average, according to the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation. The median salary for Florida paralegals is $44,600 annually, compared to $47,000 nationally. In Florida, Paralegals at the top of their profession can expect to make about $65,900 versus $75,700 nationally.
(As a point of reference, median household income in Florida is currently about $44,700, versus $50,200 for the nation as a whole, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.**)
Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal at Everest University
If the paralegal field interests you, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in Paralegal at one of the Florida campuses of Everest University. This four-year program provides the education and training you need to compete for entry-level jobs in the exciting and expanding paralegal field.
Classes are taught by industry professionals who have both the academic background and real-world experience to arm you with the knowledge and insights you need to succeed in this growing field. You’ll learn legal terminology, the basics of legal research, and get training in the creation of contracts, wills and other common legal documents.
- Criminal Procedure and the Constitution
- Legal Research and Writing
- Civil Litigation
- Contract Law
- Concepts of Criminal Law
- Employment Law
- Law and Medicine
- Rules of Evidence
- Administrative Law
- Elder Law
Upon graduation, you can take advantage of Everest’s Career Services department, which can help you with resume writing, interview preparation and identifying and contacting local employers. Career services are available to Everest University graduates throughout their careers.
Choose Your Florida Campus
Everest’s bachelor’s degree in Paralegal program is available at the following Florida campuses:***
- North Orlando
- Pompano Beach
- South Orlando
For information on class times, schedules, costs, etc., please contact Everest University today!
For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.everest.edu/disclosures.
* Source: O*NET Online, Career One Stop, Occupation Profile, Paralegals, Florida: http://www.careerinfonet.org/occ_rep.asp?optstatus=011000000&soccode=232011&id=1&nodeid=2&stfips=12&search=Go, Accessed 7/19/11.
** Source: U.S. Census Bureau, State and County Quick Facts, Florida: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/12000.html, accessed 7/19/2011.
*** Program availability and schedules vary by campus.