Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 18 percent between 2010 and 2020, 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 previously done by attorneys. Paralegals are performing a wider variety of duties, making them more valuable to businesses. Competition for jobs is expected to continue as many people seek to go into this profession. Experienced, formally trained paralegals should have the best employment opportunities.

Potential Earnings

According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Labor Market Statistics, annual salaries for paralegals range from $29,000 to $46,000. Salaries vary greatly depending on education, training, experience and size of employer.