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Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, & Hearing Officers

Also called: Administrative Hearing Officer, Administrative Judge, Administrative Law Judge, Hearing Officer

What 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare written opinions and decisions.
  • Monitor and direct the activities of trials and hearings to ensure that they are conducted fairly and that courts administer justice while safeguarding the legal rights of all involved parties.
  • Determine existence and amount of liability according to current laws, administrative and judicial precedents, and available evidence.


Safety and Government
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
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


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Stress Tolerance


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: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
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