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Judges, Magistrate Judges, & Magistrates

Also called: Judge, Magistrate, District Court Judge, Superior Court Judge

What they do:
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
On the job, you would:
  • Read documents on pleadings and motions to ascertain facts and issues.
  • Rule on admissibility of evidence and methods of conducting testimony.
  • Instruct juries on applicable laws, direct juries to deduce the facts from the evidence presented, and hear their verdicts.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Business
  • management

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • use rules to solve problems
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Leadership
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Information retrieval or search software
  • LexisNexis software
  • Online databases
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Document management software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral/professional degree or
high school diploma
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$115,760
per year, on average
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