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Career and Education Opportunities for Legal Assistants in Vermont

Vermont has a population of 621,760, which has grown by 2.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Green Mountain State," its capital is Montpelier, though its most populous city is Burlington.

There are currently 600 jobs for legal assistants in Vermont and this is projected to grow by 17% to 700 jobs by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for legal assistants are expected to grow by about 28.1%. In general, legal assistants assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents.

A person working as a legal assistant can expect to earn about $20 per hour or $43,310 annually on average in Vermont and about $22 per hour or $46,120 annually on average in the U.S. as a whole. Compared with people working in the overall category of Administration and Support, people working as legal assistants in Vermont earn less. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Administration and Support nationally. Jobs in this field include: proposal specialist, probate paralegal, and research analyst.

In 2008, there were a total of 434,917 jobs in Vermont. The average annual income was $38,700 in 2008, up from $37,735 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Vermont was 6.9% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. Approximately 29.4% of Vermont residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Vermont include computer product manufacturing, nonupholstered wood household furniture manufacturing, and sporting goods merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Echo at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, the Spirit of Ethan Allen III, and the Catamount Trail Association.

CITIES WITH Legal Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Vermont


JOB DESCRIPTION: Legal Assistant

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

In general, legal assistants assist lawyers by researching legal precedent, investigating facts, or preparing legal documents. They also conduct research to support a legal proceeding, to formulate a defense, or to initiate legal action.

Every day, legal assistants are expected to be able to read and understand documents and reports. They need to articulate ideas and problems. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Vermont include:

  • Court Reporter. Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.
  • 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: Vermont

Vermont
Vermont photo by Jared C. Benedict

Vermont has a population of 621,760, which has grown by 2.12% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Green Mountain State," its capital is Montpelier, though its largest city is Burlington. In 2008, there were a total of 434,917 jobs in Vermont. The average annual income was $38,700 in 2008, up from $37,735 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Vermont was 6.9% in 2009, which has grown by 2.4% since the previous year. Approximately 29.4% of Vermont residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Vermont include computer product manufacturing, nonupholstered wood household furniture manufacturing, and sporting goods merchant wholesalers. Notable tourist attractions include the Fleming Museum, the Yolanda Drag Queen Singer Songwriter, and the Burlington Chamber of Commerce.