Sheriffs and Bailiffs

Occupation:Sheriffs and Bailiffs
Category:Sales and Service

About the job

Nature of work:

Sheriffs execute and enforce court orders, warrants and writs, participate in seizure and sale of property, and perform courtroom and other related duties. Bailiffs serve legal orders and documents, seize or repossess property, evict tenants, and perform other related activities; they may work in private service.


You should be physically fit and in excellent health. Cultural sensitivity, patience, and mental stability are important. You must be resourceful and able to work on your own carrying out instructions given by your employer. It will be necessary to gain a good knowledge of the regulations pertaining to your work. Excellent communication, observation, and problem-solving skills are essential. You should also be able to communicate with and gain the respect of the public. Candidates are required to pass the appropriate background check.

Other considerations:


Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Limited

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “limited”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is below average. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 100, and so job opportunities may not be that frequent and jobseekers may face competition. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline moderately over the next five years, which will likely limit the number of new opportunities available. With 17% of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Sheriffs and Bailiffs are most commonly working full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.

The median employment income for 79% of individuals in this occupational group who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $56,488. The median income for the occupation overall was $56,327
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)

Estimated employment in 2011Estimated change in employment between 2011 and 2016Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2011-2016Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014 Estimated hourly earnings in 2013
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Below Average
Percent employed full-time: 82.8 %
Percent self employed:0.0 %
Where will I likely work?
Area of Employment% Employed
Southern Region9.1
Northern Region22.7
Cape Breton18.2
Industry of Employment% Employed
Professional Business Services10.7
Public Administration92.9
What are the workers like?
Age% Employed
Gender% Employed
Education% Employed
Less than high school graduation certificate0.0
High school graduation certificate or equivalent20.7
Trades certificate or diploma37.9
Non-university certificate or diploma27.6
University certificate or diploma below bachelor0.0
University bachelor's degree13.8
University post graduate degrees0.0
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.


Employment Requirements & Contacts

No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Courts Services Division
5151 Terminal Road, 8th Floor P.O Box 7
Halifax, NS B3J 2L6
Tel: (902) 424-4020
Fax: (902) 424-0510

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Securities services administration/management
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to plan, manage, and supervise services providing private security protection for people and property and related investigative and consulting functions. These programs include courses in security and loss prevention services, private security and investigation techniques, security technologies, personnel management, business operations, marketing, applicable laws and regulations, and client relations.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Security and loss prevention services
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to perform routine inspection, patrol and crime prevention services for security companies. These programs include courses in the provision of personal protection as well as property security.
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Cape Breton Business College
315 Jamieson Street PO Box 33 Whitney Pier
Sydney, NS B1N 3B1
(902) 564-2222
Success College
800 Sackville Drive
Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8
(902) 865-8283
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385