THE PARALEGAL PROFESSION
As you have likely read or heard, the paralegal profession has for years been one of the fastest growing professions in the nation. Accourding to multiple sources and studies, this trend continues.
Prior to discussing career trends, however, there may be some who are wondering this: What is a paralegal?
- traditional law offices
- governors’ offices
- mayors’ offices
- the White House
- corporate law offices
- real estate offices
- the FBI
- prosecutors’ offices
- public defenders’ offices
- investigative positions
- government agencies
- child welfare groups
- political action committees
- social service agencies
- hospital administrative offices
- freelance work for attorneys
- owners of small businesses, representing their own interests
WHAT IS A PARALEGAL?
According to Essential Skills for Paralegals, the following definition applies to this profession:
Currently, paralegals work in dozens of different situations, including:
CAREER TRENDS AND PROFESSION OUTLOOK
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the paralegal profession is projected to grow 28 percent through 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The paralegal profession continues to be among the fastest growing of any professions in the nation. Following is an excerpt from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on the outlook for employment in the paralegal profession: