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Career and Education Opportunities for Sheriffs in Mississippi

Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and biggest city is Jackson.

There are currently 7,790 working sheriffs in Mississippi; this should grow by 12% to 8,730 working sheriffs in the state by 2016. This is better than the national trend for sheriffs, which sees this job pool growing by about 8.7% over the next eight years. Sheriffs generally enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts.

A person working as a sheriff can expect to earn about $14 hourly or $30,280 yearly on average in Mississippi and about $24 per hour or $51,410 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Police and Security, people working as sheriffs in Mississippi earn less. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Police and Security nationally. People working as sheriffs can fill a number of jobs, such as: grand jury deputy sheriff, civil division deputy sheriff, and lieutenant.

In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. Approximately 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum, and the Audubon Society Jackson Chapter.

CITIES WITH Sheriff OPPORTUNITIES IN Mississippi


JOB DESCRIPTION: Sheriff

Sheriff video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, sheriffs enforce law and order in rural or unincorporated districts or serve legal processes of courts. They also may patrol courthouse, guard court or grand jury, or escort defendants.

Every day, sheriffs are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they listen to and understand others in meetings.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Mississippi include:

  • Chief of Police. Supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
  • Criminal Investigator. Investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.
  • Customs Inspector. Investigate and inspect persons, common carriers, and merchandise, arriving in or departing from the United States or between states to detect violations of immigration and customs laws and regulations.
  • Police Officer. Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.
  • Police Records Officer. Collect evidence at crime scenes, classify and identify fingerprints, and photograph evidence for use in criminal and civil cases.
  • Policeman. Patrol assigned areas to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, and arrest violators.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Mississippi

Mississippi
Mississippi photo by Nathan Culpepper

Mississippi has a population of 2,951,996, which has grown by 3.77% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Magnolia State," Mississippi's capital and biggest city is Jackson. In 2008, there were a total of 1,558,262 jobs in Mississippi. The average annual income was $30,383 in 2008, up from $29,542 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Mississippi was 9.6% in 2009, which has grown by 2.8% since the previous year. About 16.9% of Mississippi residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Mississippi include furniture product manufacturing, household furniture cabinet manufacturing, and household furniture manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Audubon Society Jackson Chapter, the Manship House Museum, and the Glory of Baroque Dresden Exhibition.