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Career and Education Opportunities for Paralegals in Florida

Florida has a population of 18,537,969, which has grown by 15.99% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Sunshine State," its capital is Tallahassee, though its biggest city is Jacksonville.

About 1,780 people are currently employed as paralegals in Florida. By 2016, this is expected to grow 20% to 2,120 people employed. This is better than the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for paralegals are expected to grow by about 13.9%. Paralegals generally assist lawyers or judges by researching or preparing legal documents.

Income for paralegals is about $15 per hour or $31,560 annually on average in Florida. Nationally, their income is about $17 hourly or $37,130 yearly. Incomes for paralegals are not quite as good as in the overall category of Representation in Florida, and not quite as good as the overall Representation category nationally. Jobs in this field include: legal assistant, law clerk, and principal law clerk.

In 2008, there were a total of 10,424,100 jobs in Florida. The average annual income was $39,064 in 2008, up from $39,036 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Florida was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. Approximately 22.3% of Florida residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Florida include employment services, professional employer organizations, and water transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the Jacksonville Maritime Museum Society Inc, the Nature's Botanica Boutique, and the Mike S Aquatics.

CITIES WITH Paralegal OPPORTUNITIES IN Florida


JOB DESCRIPTION: Paralegal

In general, paralegals assist lawyers or judges by researching or preparing legal documents. They also may meet with clients or assist lawyers and judges in court.

Every day, paralegals are expected to be able to see details at a very fine level of focus. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they read and understand documents and reports.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Florida include:

  • Lawyer. Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, and manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
  • Legal Assistant. Assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. Conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.
  • Title Examiner. Search real estate records, examine titles, or summarize pertinent legal or insurance details for a variety of purposes. May compile lists of mortgages, contracts, and other instruments pertaining to titles by searching public and private records for law firms, real estate agencies, or title insurance companies.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Florida

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Florida has a population of 18,537,969, which has grown by 15.99% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Sunshine State," its capital is Tallahassee, though its biggest city is Jacksonville. In 2008, there were a total of 10,424,100 jobs in Florida. The average annual income was $39,064 in 2008, up from $39,036 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Florida was 10.5% in 2009, which has grown by 4.2% since the previous year. About 22.3% of Florida residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Florida include employment services, professional employer organizations, and water transportation. Notable tourist destinations include the Fish Mania, the Mike S Aquatics, and the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.