What is a Career Specialist?

A Career Specialist is a person who helps students to find their personal pathway.

What is a "Personal Pathway"

  • In May 1995 Governor Mark Sanford signed into law the Education Economic Development Act (EEDA)
  • Legislation that gives students the tools they need to have successful careers
  • A system set up to help student and businesses meet  these challenges
How will a Personal Pathway Help
  • Personal Pathways provides education and career planning resources
  • Personal Pathways brings together students, parents, educators, and businesses
Why is a Personal Pathway Important
  • It brings together a student's aspirations and abilities to have a career they enjoy
  • It brings about a better economy, and therefore, quality of life

    What are the 16 Career Clusters
            16 Career Clusters
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Architecture and Construction Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Business, Management, and Administration
Education and Training Finance Government and Public Administration Health Science
Hospitality and Tourism Human Services Information Technology Law, Public Safety, and Security
Manufacturing Marketing, Sales, and Service Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
  • courses of study organized around different sets of occupations
  • there are 16 clusters
  • students will take 17 academic and 7 elective courses in High School to create an individual graduation plan (igp)

Career Corner
  • Each month a career will be highlighted on the  school bulletin board
  • Each month a career will be featured on the Career Corner Web Page


 The Career Cluster of the month is Law, Public Safety,  Corrections and Security


 There are six pathways in this career cluster.  They are Corrections, Emergency/Fire, Management, Legal Services, Security and Protection, and Law Enforcement Protection.  Pathways are aligned with the knowledge and skills necessary to plan a career.  Each pathway comes with instruction to train you.  The first Pathway is Corrections.  This pathway trains people who deal with people who have been arrested.  The outlook in this pathway is good.  It is expected to grow by 36 percent by 2012.

 Some jobs in this cluster include:
  • warden
  • jail administrator
  • program coordinator
  • Public information officer
  • corrections trainer
  • case manager


The second pathway in this cluster is Emergency/Fire Services.  This pathway requires formal training.  Every year fires cause millions of dollars in damage and kill thousands of people.  Fire fighters are trained to  prevent fire and damage and help to minimize it when it occurs.

Some jobs in this pathway include:

  •  Emergency Management and Response
  •  Emergency Planning
  •  Emergency Medical
  •  Firefighters
  •  Wildland and Fire Fighter of a Structure
  •  Hazardous Material Responder
  •  Fire responder
  •  EMT-Basic
  •  EMT-Intermediate



The Third Pathway is Security and Protective Services.  Security Personnel usually work in public buildings such as court rooms, museums, factories, and government buildings.  They protect people and their belongings.

Some jobs in this pathway include:
  • Security Director
  • Security Systems
  • Physical Securities
  • Internet Systems
  • Computer Forensics
  • Private/Corporate Investigator
  • Security/Trainer/Educator
  • Loss and Prevention
  • Security Systems Tech
  • Certified Security Officer
  • Armored Car Security
  • Homeland Security


The Fourth Pathway in This Career Cluster is Security Personnel.  These people are placed at facilities such as Nuclear Plants.  They have to learn things such as how to use firearms, emt services and operate and manage nuclear equipment. 

Some jobs in this pathway include:

  • Certified Protection Personnel
  • Certified Protection Officer
  • Personal Protection Specialist


The Fifth Pathway in this Cluster is Law Enforcement Services. People depend on law enforcement and police officers
to protect them and their property.  They have duties ranging from patrolling areas to solving crimes.  They apprehend 
and arrest criminals and go to court and testify against them and then process the prisoners.

Some jobs in this cluster include:
  •  Criminal Investigators
  • Special Agents
  • Immigration and Customs Agents
  • Federal Marshals
  • Police Detectives and Criminal Investigators
  • Sheriff and Sheriff Deputies
  • Police and Patrol Officers
  • Evidence Technicians
  • Police, Ambulance, and Fire Dispatcher
  • Game Enforcer
  • Bailiff
  • Animal Control
  • Park Ranger


The Sixth Pathway in this cluster is Legal Services.  This pathway touches every aspect of our lives in a myriad of ways.  
For this reason they hold positions of huge responsibility and have to adhere to a strict code of laws and ethics.

Some jobs in this cluster include:
  • Magistrate
  • Attorney
  • Case Manager
  • Legal Assistant
  • Court Reporter
  • File and Document Manager
  • Investigator
  • Law Clerk
  • Paralegal
  • Mediator
  • Legal Secretary
  • Law Clerk
  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Multi Responibility Professional Exam
  • LSAT (Law Scholastic Aptitude Test)
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Certified Legal Assistant
  • Registered Paralegal

There are many jobs in this career cluster.  Although crime has been reduced we are using more and more law enforcement agencies as we are increasing the protection of our country from foreign attacks.  Jobs in this cluster are very secure.  The training can range from a few weeks to four years of college plus a graduate degree.

Debbie Manos, M.Ed., GCDF
Career Specialist
Fulmer Middle School
Office 822-5684
Fax: 822-5664