Paralegal jobs may become more and more scarce with the influx of newly trained paralegals entering this lucrative field. Because of the potential tightening of the market, it’s important for those searching for a job to know where to start their search. This article will explore some of the best types of companies, industries, and states for paralegals to find work.
Types of Places Where Paralegals to Get Jobs
There are many places paralegal jobs can be found. As you may be able to predict, law firms are the most likely place of employment for paralegals. Next in line in the hiring chain are federal government agencies. Local (city or county) government falls behind federal government in employing paralegals; with state government taking up the fourth position in hiring. Rounding out the top five are private companies and enterprises.
Given this order, beginning your search for a paralegal job is probably best started at local law firms. The larger firms probably have more positions but they are more likely to be looking for experienced paralegals. Don’t be afraid to approach small firms to see if they have an opening for a paralegal. Small firms are great places to get your foot in the door, get great training, and learn a lot by doing many more types of duties than you would be allowed to do starting out at a large firm.
Top Industries for Paralegals to Work In
The top industries for paralegal jobs is a bit surprising. The pecking order is as follows: petroleum and coal products manufacturing; medical and diagnostic labs; software publishers; professional and commercial equipment wholesalers; and computer equipment manufacturers.
Best States for Paralegals to Find Work
If you don’t currently live in one of these top states but relocating to another state is not an issue for you, checking out the states with the highest level of employment opportunities may be your best avenue to a paralegal job. Currently, Washington, DC, West Virginia, New York, Delaware, and Connecticut are the best states to go to find a job as a paralegal.
Where job seekers can find paralegal jobs is vast and varied. Now that you have some idea where to look, you can start your search where you have a better chance of success.