Lawyers

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What do they do?

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Also known as:

Agency Legal Counsel, Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Assistant Counsel, Assistant County Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Associate Attorney, Associate Counsel, Attorney, Attorney at Law, Attorney General, City Attorney, Corporation Counsel, Counsel, County Attorney, Deputy Attorney General, Deputy Chief Counsel, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, Deputy County Attorney, Deputy County Counsel, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, District Attorney, General Counsel, Lawyer, Legal Advisor, Legal Counsel, Litigation Attorney, Real Estate Attorney, Staff Attorney, Staff Counsel

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Lawyers in United States

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Lawyers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For All United States:

  • 6.1%

    Percent Change

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  • 45,700

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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Typical College Majors

Majors that prepare Lawyers:

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★ Number of granted degrees for degree type, Doctors degree professional practice, is listed after the major.

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:

  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
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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.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • 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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Identify implications for cases from legal precedents or other legal information.
  • Provide legal advice to clients.
  • Interview claimants to get information related to legal proceedings.
  • Meet with individuals involved in legal processes to provide information and clarify issues.
  • Represent the interests of clients in legal proceedings.
  • Research relevant legal materials to aid decision making.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 25.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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