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A public service is one that is provided by government to its citizens, either directly or through the financing of another entity to provide the service.  Public service professions offer many career opportunities, including the following career pathways: Public Safety, Emergency Response, and Legal Practices.

How big is the industry?

Employment in state and local educational services is expected to account for slightly more than two-thirds of the increase in employment in the state and local government sector over the 2012–2022 period.

What about CA?

Employment in local government educational services is projected to increase by 454,400, to reach more than 8.2 million in 2022, representing one of the largest increases in employment among all industries.

Is the industry growing?

Because of heightened interest in homeland and border security, employment growth in this sector is projected at over 20% in the near future. Employment in the state and local government sector is projected to increase by 929,000, to reach just over 20.0 million in 2022. This increase is more than two-and-a-half times the increase seen in the 2002–2012 period. 


Public Services sector provides a foundation for students interested in being involved in their community and serving the interest of the public. Careers in this sector often attract people who want to help their fellow citizens and make improvements to the communities they serve.

Child Care, Foster Care, Social Workers, Mental Health Counselors, Emergency Services, Disaster Teams, Border Control, ATF/CIA/DEA/FBI Agents, Lawyers, Probation/Correctional Officer, Law Prevention Specialist,  Court Reporter, Law Librarian, Lawyer, Paralegals, Legal Researcher, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Wildland Firefighter, Paramedics, & Crime Scene Investigators, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Response Dispatcher.

Prepares students with a broad-based foundational knowledge in careers that involve public service. Students will gain experience through classroom instruction, hands-on training, and community exercise.


All courses are A-G approved

Required coursework within this pathway may include some combination of the following Royal High School offering:

  • Mock Trial
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Junior Air Force ROTC
  • College and Career Seminar
  • Criminal Justice
  • America in the 1960s
  • AP/IB Social Science Courses including:
    • Human Geography
    • Psychology
    • Government and Politics
    • Macroeconomics
  • AP Social Studies Courses including:
    • World History
    • U.S. History

Additionally, pathway students will be expected to complete Royal’s Citizen Scholar Institute Diploma Seal Service Project and attend a number of Brown Bag Lunch meetings.

All Social Science and Social Studies courses, also required for graduation, must be taken at Royal High School during either the Fall or Spring semesters.