Judges and hearing officers held about 44,800 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most judges and hearing officers were as follows:
State government, excluding education and hospitals
Local government, excluding education and hospitals
Judges and hearing officers do most of their work in offices and courtrooms. Their jobs can be demanding, because they must sit in the same position in the court or hearing room for long periods and give undivided attention to the process.
Some judges and hearing officers may be required to travel to different counties and courthouses throughout their state.
Most judges and hearing officers work full time, but some may work additional hours to prepare for hearings.
Some courthouses have evening and weekend hours. In addition, judges have to be on call during nights or weekends to issue emergency orders, such as search warrants and restraining orders.