Public Services

If you want to make a real difference with your career, then public services is a great sector to explore a range of possible roles, including those in the police service, fire service and armed forces.  They are essential to our society and an integral part of our community, so those with the relevant skills and knowledge are always in demand.

As well as uniformed professions like prison officers, firefighters and ambulance staff, you could also enjoy a rewarding and successful career providing essential services in local government, civil enforcement, or county courts. Whichever career you choose in public services, you’ll be supporting your community and town!

Top Career Opportunities

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Prison service officer

Average salary: £38k

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Fire Service Officer

Average salary: £39k

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Probation officer

Average salary: £40k

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Police officer

Average salary: £38k

Top Job (By Salary) Average Salary
Senior police officers £51,896
Senior officers in fire, ambulance, prison and related services £38,605
Police officers (Sergeant and below) £36,587
Business and related research professionals £34,237
Fire service officers £32,926
Probation officers £31,533
Elected officers and representatives £31,075
Public services associate professionals £28,933
Police community support officers £28,517
Local government administrative occupations £27,040
Prison service officers (below principal officer) £26,915
National government administrative occupations £21,653
Ambulance staff (excluding paramedics) £21,486
Records clerks and assistants £20,987
Parking and civil enforcement occupations £18,907

Job Figures

There are predicted to be 845 new jobs with an estimated 4,033 annual openings.

Average Salaries

The current average wage for public service related occupations is £26,547 per year.

Public Services & Criminology

If you want to make a real difference in the local community and the wider world, then a career in public services could be perfect for you.

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