Welcome to the fifth installment in our blog series taking a look at the future of some the occupational fields you’ll find here at South University Online Programs. Today, we’re going to be looking at some trends and career outlooks for Paralegals.
If you’re thinking about starting on the path towards studying to become a paralegal, you might be interested in what people are saying about the profession and where it’s headed.
First off, we’ll start with the Bureau of Labor Statistics and their look at the profession. They predict it to be a growing profession over the next several years:
"Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 28 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employers are trying to reduce costs and increase the availability and efficiency of legal services by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more useful to businesses.
Demand for paralegals also is expected to grow as an expanding population increasingly requires legal services, especially in areas such as intellectual property, healthcare, international law, elder issues, criminal law, and environmental law. The growth of prepaid legal plans also should contribute to the demand for legal services."
Additionally, according to this article from Lexis Nexis:
"The latest job rating survey at the CareerCast job portal ranked 200 different jobs based on five vital work criteria: stress, work environment, physical demands, income and outlook. While “lawyer” came in 82nd on the list of 200 best jobs and “federal judges” 69th, “paralegal assistants” made the top 20—ranking 17th overall. (Court reporters followed along at 28th.)
CNNMoney.com ranked the paralegal profession 14th in the Top 20 jobs for “people who want more pay, more upside and more control over where they're going.”
Want to learn more about the paralegal profession? You might want to try the National Federation of Paralegal Associations or the National Association of Legal Assistants.