We all feel compelled to help others at some point in our lives; maybe it’s family, friends, or maybe even a complete stranger.

It’s part of what makes us who we are, and for the portion of us that feel the calling to help everyone just mentioned in our community, a career in public safety is rewardingly suitable.

Here are common careers you can choose to make a difference and keep others safe.



Frequently the first responders to an incident, firefighters do more than merely extinguish flames. They often provide first aid, as well as rescue the injured from threatening obstacles and enclosures. Becoming a firefighter requires a completed high school diploma or GED, as well as passing a series of written and physical tests. It’s not uncommon for aspiring firefighters to take a fire science program. They are also typically required to complete an EMT certificate. Firefighters often say that the bond shared of helping others as role models to their community is the most rewarding aspect of their career.


Emergency Medical Technician

EMT’s and paramedics administer care for the sick and injured in situations that require emergency medical treatment. They typically respond to car accidents, natural disasters, at-home medical emergencies, and various other incidents, while quickly transporting their patients to hospitals if further care is needed. To become an EMT, you’ll need to complete a formal training program, as well as obtain state-specific licensing. EMT’s often say that saving a life is the most thrilling and rewarding part of what they do.

Law Enforcement Officer  

On top of protecting and serving the community, law enforcement officers answer to emergency calls, investigate crimes, and often provide security for large gatherings and events. To become a law enforcement officer, you’ll need to complete a 2 or 4-year degree in criminal justice, pass the POST licensing exam, and complete additional training. Offers often say that the camaraderie, ability to help others, and responsibility are the most rewarding aspect of their work.  


Mental Health Counselor  

Mental health counselors help individuals overcome mental and emotional issues while improving the relationships and livelihood of their patients. They play an important role in many stages of life and can be essential in helping members of your community live a healthy lifestyle. To become a mental health counselor, you’ll need to complete your bachelors and masters degrees, while also earning your licensure and certification. It’s often said that it’s an honor to be let into someone’s life so deeply, and make a huge difference in their well-being.


We hope we’ve provided a glimpse of the day-to-day operations that a career in public safety entails, and that these resources are useful in your search. Even if you’re not pursuing a career in public safety, we encourage you to share this as a resource to someone feeling compelled to help others to help keep our community safe.

Visit the Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation website for more information and updates on a career in Public Safety.