About the Paralegal Industry
For years, the paralegal profession has ranked as one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook emphasizes the following “significant points” about the paralegal profession.
- Employment is projected to grow much faster than average, as employers try to reduce costs by hiring paralegals to perform tasks once done by lawyers.
- Most entrants have an associate’s degree in paralegal studies, or a bachelor’s degree coupled with a certificate in paralegal studies.
- About 7 out of 10 work for law firms; others work for corporate legal departments and government agencies.
- Competition for jobs should continue. Experienced, formally trained paralegals should have the best employment opportunities.