Paralegal Industry Statistics
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For years, the paralegal profession has ranked among the fastest growing of all professions in the U.S. In the 2010-2011 edition of U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the following “significant points” were emphasized about the paralegal profession.
- Employment of paralegals is projected to grow 28 percent between 2010 and 2018, much faster than average.
- Most entrants have an associate degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelor degree coupled with a certificate in paralegal studies.
- About 7 out of 10 paralegals work for law firms; others work for corporate legal departments and government agencies.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics goes on to state that "paralegals and legal assistants held about 263,800 jobs in 2008," and that "despite projected rapid employment growth, competition for jobs is expected to continue as many people seek to go into this profession." If you are thinking about obtaining a certificate in paralegal studies, you are on the right track. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "experienced, formally trained paralegals should have the best employment opportunities" in the field.
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