Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

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What do they do?

Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.

Also known as:

Adjudications Specialist, Adjudicator, Administrative Hearings Officer, Administrative Judge, Administrative Law Judge, Appeals Examiner, Appeals Officer, Appeals Referee, Child Support Hearing Officer, Claims Adjudicator, Hearings Officer, Housing Court Judge, Social Security Administrative Law Judge, US Administrative Law Judge (United States Administrative Law Judge), Workers' Compensation Administrative Law Judge, Workers' Compensation Hearings Officer, Workers' Compensation Magistrate

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 1.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #16 in job growth rate
  • 30

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #8 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers:

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (88.4%)
  • Master's degree (4.3%)
  • Bachelor's degree (5.5%)
  • Associate's degree (0.5%)
  • Some college, no degree (0.7%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0.4%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Make decisions in legal cases.
  • Direct courtroom activities or procedures.
  • Prepare written decisions for legal proceedings.
  • Conduct hearings to investigate legal issues.
  • Authorize payments to settle legal disputes.
  • Evaluate information related to legal matters in public or personal records.
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