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What career could I have after studying public services?

Updated: 10.12.21

What career could I have after studying public services?

You could be working on the front line for one of the country’s emergency services, to serve and protect for:

  • the police
  • the prison and probation service
  • fire service
  • ambulance service
  • Army, RAF, Royal Marines or the Royal Navy

It’s not for everyone, but if it’s for you our uniformed public services study programmes will make a whole range of careers available to you.

We’ve profiled four of the many careers that you could have by successfully completing one of our uniformed public services programmes:

Army Officer

An officer in the Army commands, motivates and manages teams of soldiers.

You’ll need to have excellent leadership skills, come up with effective solutions to problems in stressful situations and have a determination to succeed.

There are hundreds of different roles as an officer in the Army. You could be working in combat, medicine and health, or with teams of engineers, military police or in intelligence.

You could work in a combat role as:

  • an infantry platoon commander leading a team of trained soldiers on operations
  • a helicopter pilot officer with responsibility for your crew and ground troops
  • a tank troop officer in charge of men and their vehicles
  • an artillery troop officer leading a team of soldiers

Security officer

Security officers are crucial in ensuring that buildings, valuables and people are safe and secure.

You’ll need to have a good knowledge of security and safety policies, excellent communication skills that are firm but fair, and also be very thorough and attentive.

Security officers work in a number of settings, including retail stores, nightclubs and large-scale events. On a daily basis, their jobs will include:

  • patrol premises and secure doors, windows and other entrances at important facilities
  • respond to alarms
  • guard cash or other valuables in a security vehicle
  • operate scanning equipment and devices, like at airports


Paramedics respond to emergency call-outs and give people life-saving medical support.

As a paramedic, you will need to have an in-depth knowledge about healthcare and medicine, be sensitive with your patients and work quickly in high pressure situations.

Paramedics are often the first on the scene of emergencies, so it is highly likely that you will travel around a lot on shift. Alternatively, you might be stationed for the day at sports matches or other high-profile events.

Your day-to-day jobs might include:

  • respond to emergency calls
  • work calmly and quickly to stabilise patients
  • use a defibrillator to revive patients
  • give patients medicines and injections

Police officer

Police officers keep law and order, investigate crime, and support crime prevention.

To be a police officer, you will need good legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations, knowledge of public safety and security, and negotiation skills for keeping people safe.

A day as a police officer could include:

  • Investigating crimes and offences
  • interviewing suspects and make arrests
  • advising the public on personal safety and crime prevention
  • promoting respect for people in relation to their race, diversity and human rights

Visit us at our next Open Day to meet our Tutors and find out more about Uniformed Public Services. To find out how you can book your place, visit Open Days || The Sheffield College (



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