Employment of judges and hearing officers is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024.
The number of federal and state judgeships is projected to remain steady because nearly every new position for a judge must be authorized and approved by a legislature.
However, budgetary constraints in federal, state, and local governments are expected to limit the ability of these governments to fill vacant positions or authorize new ones. Furthermore, budgetary concerns may limit the employment growth of hearing officers and administrative law judges working for local, state, and federal government agencies, despite the continued need for these workers to settle disputes.
In addition, the desire of parties to resolve disputes through mediation or arbitration, rather than litigation and trials, may adversely affect the demand for judges and hearing officers.
The prestige associated with becoming a judge will ensure continued competition for these positions. Most job openings will arise as a result of judges and hearing officers leaving the occupation because of retirement, to teach, or because their elected term is over.
Judges and Hearing Officers
Percent change in employment, projected 2014-24
Total, all occupations
Judges, magistrate judges, and magistrates
Judges and hearing officers
Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers
Note: All Occupations includes all occupations in the U.S. Economy. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program