Workers in this group interpret the law and support law-related activities.
Overall employment in legal occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2021 to 2031, faster than the average for all occupations; this increase is expected to result in about 131,000 new jobs over the decade. In addition to new jobs from growth, opportunities arise from the need to replace workers who leave their occupations permanently. About 110,000 openings each year, on average, are projected to come from growth and replacement needs.
(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September 2022).
Arbitrator, Mediator, Conciliator
Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators facilitate negotiation and dialogue between disputing parties to help resolve conflicts outside of the court system.
Judges and Hearing Officers
Judges and hearing officers apply the law by overseeing the legal process in courts.
Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.
Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers.