Without paralegals, lawyers will have to perform all the tasks related to a case by themselves. This is the primary reason why the job outlook for paralegals is high, and why more and more law firms are in the hunt for these professionals.
Add to that these three facts you most likely did not know about them, and you probably would want a career as a paralegal.
They have a better job than lawyers.
Many people think that most lawyers have it made. Although many of them do take home huge paychecks, CareerCast reports that they only ranked 36th on the list of best jobs in 2015. Back in 2011, the same site reported that paralegals have better jobs than lawyers, ranking 13th out of 200.
In the top 100 of the list, you will not even find lawyers and attorneys. Although paralegals do have a stressful career (rated 16.57), they also make good money. They enjoy a median income of $48,157.00 annually.
In addition, U.S. News cites that paralegals secured the 15th spot in the site’s list of the Best Social Services Jobs.
Many states in the U.S. have high demands for paralegals.
Legalstudies.com and other institutions providing legal courses noted that paralegals are in demand, even more so than lawyers. In fact, many law firms hire more paralegals than lawyers or attorneys.
The states where the highest demand for paralegals include DC, Virginia, Maryland, California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Washington, Texas, and Georgia. Of all these, California has the greatest number of cities that hire the most number of paralegals.
You can now take programs online.
One of the best things about becoming a paralegal is that you can now take online paralegal programs for your training. Enrolling in an online training program will provide you with the flexibility in terms of schedule, which is perfect if you are currently studying or have an existing job.
These are only some of the lesser-known facts about paralegals, but these three should already prompt you to consider becoming one.