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Arbitrators

Arbitrators prevent and solve disputes between organizations and people. An arbitrator evaluates evidence and applies policies, laws and regulations in order to make a decision. Arbiters assist in negotiations. The participants that hire the services of an arbitrator are required to agree to follow the arbitrators final decision. Their services are an alternative to using law suits for settling disputes.

Arbitrators are typically lawyers or businesspersons that have expertise in a specific field. Some specialize in the field of labor arbitration and bind management and labor to specific terms and conditions of a labor contract.

Mediators help people resolve disputes. Mediators may represent one or both parties in a dispute. Mediators represent businesses, labor unions, government and people involved in divorce and custody battles. They provide suggestions, however the two parties make the final decision.

Responsibilities

  • Talk to people in order to learn the needs, concerns and interests of the participants
  • Collect information and evidence in order to understand the issues and possible outcomes
  • They should not favor one participant over the other participant
  • Make sure everyone involved understands the arbitration process
  • Coordinate meetings and hearings
  • Study similar disputes in order to make a decision
  • Interview witnesses
  • Determine if exceptions and evidence will be allowed

Job Characteristics

They should have strong morals and ethics. They also need good speaking and writing skills. Since they make decisions that are legally binding they need to be accurate in their work. Arbiters deal with all types of people.

Employment Outlook

The projected job growth is expected to be average for arbitrators from 2006 to 2016. Law firms will be one of the fastest growing sectors for arbitrators. A lot of people choose to settle out of court since arbitration typically costs less which increases the demand for arbiters. In addition, the median annual earnings for arbitrators, mediators and conciliators in 2008 was $50,650.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Typically, arbitrators have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Bachelor's degrees in business, public policy and social work are beneficial. Law degrees and master's degrees in conflict resolution are useful in the profession.

Numerous universities provide a master's degree in arbitration and conflict resolution. Professional associations provide specific training. Experience in law and business can help prepare a candidate for an arbitrator career.

Local and state governments typically require a bachelor's degree. Each state has its own requirements. Some states require an arbitrator to be an experienced lawyer.

Helpful courses for the occupation are law studies, consumer law, business law, public speaking and psychology.

Resources

Major Employers

The top job providers are local and state government agencies, law offices, and political, labor and business organizations.

Schools for Arbitrators And Mediators are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Arbitrators and Mediators

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Arbitrators and Mediators jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 250 $37,060
Mesa 250 $37,060
Phoenix 250 $37,060
Tucson N/A $37,210
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 390 $75,600
Los Angeles 390 $75,600
Long Beach 390 $75,600
Carlsbad 100 $107,020
San Diego 100 $107,020
San Francisco 90 $99,560
Oakland 90 $99,560
Hayward 90 $99,560
Ontario 30 $71,890
San Bernardino 30 $71,890
Riverside 30 $71,890
Arden 30 $94,680
Arcade 30 $94,680
Sacramento 30 $94,680
Roseville 30 $94,680
Santa Rosa N/A $45,030
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 80 $42,670
West Palm Beach 80 $42,670
Miami 80 $42,670
Clearwater 50 $77,690
St. Petersburg 50 $77,690
Tampa 50 $77,690
Jacksonville N/A $52,490
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 140 $53,740
Sandy Springs 140 $53,740
Atlanta 140 $53,740
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 30 $90,290
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 40 $51,520
Carmel 40 $51,520
Indianapolis 40 $51,520
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines N/A $57,230
Des Moines N/A $57,230
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 40 $47,890
Columbia 40 $47,890
Baltimore 40 $47,890
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn N/A $72,410
Warren N/A $72,410
Detroit N/A $72,410
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 90 $79,490
Schenectady 90 $79,490
Albany 90 $79,490
Rochester 30 $50,230
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 30 $55,300
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 60 $58,280
Carlisle 30 $72,610
Harrisburg 30 $72,610
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 80 $36,500
Carolina 80 $36,500
San Juan 80 $36,500
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin N/A $65,190
Anderson N/A $65,190
Greenville N/A $65,190
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 60 $56,770
Murfreesboro 60 $56,770
Davidson 60 $56,770
Nashville 60 $56,770
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
The Woodlands 150 $72,920
Sugar Land 150 $72,920
Houston 150 $72,920
Arlington 70 $47,990
Fort Worth 70 $47,990
Dallas 70 $47,990
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 110 $68,580
Tacoma 110 $68,580
Seattle 110 $68,580
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Madison 40 N/A
West Allis 40 $105,600
Milwaukee 40 $105,600
Waukesha 40 $105,600

Most Popular Industries for :
Arbitrators and Mediators

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Government 2,620 28% $60,110
Insurance 2,400 25% $41,840
Professional And Technical Services 2,300 24% $47,550
Non-profit 1,420 15% $56,790
Business Management 210 2% $86,380
Office Services And Staffing 130 1% $65,190
Social Service 120 1% $30,460
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