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What does a Bailiff do?

Bailiffs are considered to be law enforcement officers. They maintain order and security in the courts, protecting the judges and juries and ensuring that everyone in attendance comply with all court rules. Bailiffs check entry and exit points, perform weapons checks and announce the judge. They remove any persons who may be ordered to leave by the judge. If you enjoy the activity of a courtroom and have an interest in working with a diverse range of the public, then you may be well suited for a career as a bailiff.


Bailiffs monitor the trial process carefully and watch out for any disregard for appropriate court behavior and illegal activity. They provide an escort for the jury as they enter and exit the courtroom, and are alert to any possible threats or intimidation. If the jury needs to be accommodated at a hotel, they provide security at the venue. Bailiffs also perform administrative duties such as preparing daily court schedules and bond forms and maintaining court supplies.

What Education and Training Will I Need to Become a Bailiff?

You will need at least a High School Diploma or GED (General Education Degree). Further criminal justice related training at a vocational school or police academy will greatly improve your chances of employment. Some courts prefer to hire candidates with a background in law enforcement or those who have completed of a course in civil rights. A degree in criminal justice can provide the ideal credentials for becoming a bailiff.

Naturally, having a personal history of no criminal convictions is mandatory and a background check will be performed on all candidates. Bailiffs need to develop strong public relations skills and keen attention to detail.

If you are good at making quick decisions, have good judgment and integrity and are interested in the legal system then you will likely find a career as a bailiff highly rewarding.

What does a Compliance Officer do?

For better or worse, we live in an age of litigation. There is very little that happens in the world today, that doesn’t fall under the regulatory control of some organization at some level. From the obvious, such as the highly regulated fields of banking and investments, to simple farming, there is a constant flow of ever changing rules and regulations that must be kept up with and adhered to. That is the realm of the compliance officer.

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Basically a compliance officer keeps track of all the rules, regulations and contractual obligations that impact the business that they work for. Beyond that, compliance officers work closely with management teams, not only making sure that their organization doesn’t violate the rules, but that it is also taking advantage of any regulatory changes that might be a benefit.

A compliance officer will also assist in developing processes and procedures that will help protect the organization should issues arise. As an example, if a compliance officer worked for a construction company, part of their time would of course be spent in an advisory role, but they may also be called upon to do spot inspections of work sites as part of an internal audit team or develop checklists to be filled out by employees before beginning work. All designed to show that the company practices due diligence.

There is no one set path to becoming a compliance officer, as the requirements will vary very widely from one industry to another. The background required for working as a compliance officer for a bank would be greatly different than those needed by the compliance officer of a fertilizer company. However, it can be generally said that you will need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or professional certification in a field closely related to the industry you are interested in working in.

That is to say if you want to work as a bank compliance officer you would need a degree in finance or accounting. If you are interested in working in construction you would need the applicable OHSA certifications.

With the steady growth of government involvement in business, compliance is a field that shows great growth potential and it is one of the more lucrative fields that can be entered without an advanced degree.

What does a Contract Specialist do?

A contract specialist is someone that a company hires to be in charge of the various contracts the company enter into. A contract specialist holds a very important position within the business sector. Some of the duties a contract specialist may have are negotiating and closing business deals, soliciting contracts, acquiring new contracts and evaluating a contract’s performance once the initial deal has been made. A contract specialist may also have to renegotiate and extend contracts, as well as keep a watchful eye on any staff members they may have working with them.

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Contract specialists are responsible for interpreting the terms and conditions of a contract accurately along with verifying the credentials of the company with which the contract is being negotiated. The contract specialist ensures the contract terms meet with the policies of the company in which he or she works as well as the guidelines that local and regional policies have set forth.

The level and agency that one would be working for makes a difference in the educational background you must receive to begin a career as a contract specialist. However, some of the general guidelines for becoming a contract specialist are pretty much the same across all positions. In most instances you must complete at least one academic year of college level business courses and coursework. If you would like to work for the federal government as a contract specialist you must obtain a bachelor’s degree. A private sector job usually requires a bachelor’s degree in a business management related field and possibly some paralegal or legal training as well. A few of the courses you may be required to take are: Acquisition of Commercial Items, Contract Claims, Ethics in Federal Contracting, Simplified Acquisition Procedures, and Service Contract Labor Standards Statute Overview.