Career Outlook for Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Also known as: Assistant Paralegal, Legal Aide, Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Summer Associate, Summer Law Clerk
The overall job outlook for Paralegal or Legal Assistant careers has been positive since 2004. Vacancies for this career have increased by 18.06 percent nationwide in that time, with an average growth of 3.01 percent per year. Demand for Paralegals and Legal Assistants is expected to go up, with an expected 89,960 new jobs filled by 2018. This represents an annual increase of 4.54 percent over the next few years.
States with the most Paralegals and Legal Assistants
There are currently more Paralegals and Legal Assistants in the following states
California
27,260
New York
23,350
Florida
19,690
Texas
17,610
North Carolina
9,280
Illinois
9,010
Pennsylvania
8,570
The states below have the least number of filled positions for Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Guam
40
Virgin Islands
100
North Dakota
270
Wyoming
490
South Dakota
530
Vermont
640
Alaska
680

PERCENT SELF EMPLOYED

FASTEST JOB GROWTH

In recent years, Paralegals and Legal Assistants have the highest job vacancies and job growth rate in the following states
Montana
58.93%
Utah
50.82%
Puerto Rico
39.62%
Arkansas
32.64%
Alaska
23.64%
Idaho
18.57%
South Dakota
12.77%

SLOWEST JOB GROWTH

The following states have had the lowest job openings and growth rates for this career in recent years
Rhode Island
-29.17%
Virgin Islands
-28.57%
North Dakota
-20.59%
New York
-14.87%
Maine
-13.82%
Oregon
-13.60%
New Hampshire
-11.97%

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