Despite the projected growth in new jobs for lawyers, competition for jobs should continue to be strong because more students are graduating from law school each year than there are jobs available. According to the American Bar Association’s National Lawyer Population Survey, a compilation of data collected by state bar associations or licensing agencies, there were over 1.3 million resident and active attorneys as of December 2016. Some law school graduates who have been unable to find permanent positions turn to temporary staffing firms that place attorneys in short-term jobs.
|Job Title||2018 median Pay||Education||Number of Jobs||Job Outlook||What they do|
|Lawyers||$120,910||Doctoral or professional degree||792,500||Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs over the next 10 years is expected to be strong because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available.||Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.|
|Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers||$117,190||Doctoral or professional degree||43,800||Employment of judges and hearing officers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. These workers play an essential role in the legal system, and their services will continue to be needed into the future.||Judges and hearing officers apply the law by overseeing the legal process in courts. They also conduct pretrial hearings, resolve administrative disputes, facilitate negotiations between opposing parties, and issue legal decisions.|
|Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators||$62,270||Bachelor's degree||7,800||Employment of arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. This projected growth is driven by the fact that mediations and arbitrations are typically faster and less costly than litigation and may be required in certain types of legal cases.||Arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators facilitate negotiation and dialogue between disputing parties to help resolve conflicts outside of the court system.|
|Court Reporters||$57,150||Postsecondary nondegree award||19,600||Employment of court reporters is projected to grow 3 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Those with experience and training in techniques for helping deaf or hard-of-hearing people, such as real-time captioning and communication access real-time translation (CART), will have the best job prospects.||Court reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. Some court reporters provide captioning for television and real-time translation for deaf or hard-of-hearing people at public events, in business meetings, or in classrooms.|
|Paralegals and Legal Assistants||$50,940||Associate's degree||285,600||Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.||Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.|
|Legal Secretaries||$38,880||High school diploma or equivalent||3,990,400||Employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to decline 5 percent from 2016 to 2026. Most job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.||Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff.|