In response to my post “What Else Can You Do With a Paralegal Degree?” I had several readers submit additional job titles, including Gary Smalling who graciously agreed to tell us about his job.
Name: Garald “Gary” Smalling
Job Title: Risk Management Technician
Employer: City of Tigard
Degrees: Working on Paralegal degree from Penn Foster College (1/2 way finished)
Prior Work Experience: 20 years, US Navy Occupational Health & Safety Officer
Research laws, federal and state OSHA regulations; manage the safety program; investigate incidents; prepare and file auto, property, liability and workers’ compensation claims; prepare materials for insurance adjusters and attorneys; respond to discovery; prepare case notebooks; file for restitution from the court and from persons who damage City property.
What do you like best about your job?
Always something new to learn and do. (I have been here for 12 years)
Do you have any tips for legal professionals interested in getting into risk management?
Be familiar with health & safety, know the insurance and tort requirements where you will work.
For those interested in learning more about risk management, do you have any recommended websites?
Insurance Institute of America, PRIMA and many more.
Do you have a related job that utilizes your paralegal training and/or experience that you’d like added to the list, or that you’d be willing to share with Practical Paralegalism
readers? If so, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org