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Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Job Information

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.


  • A bachelor's degree and work experience are the minimum requirements for a judgeship or magistrate position, but most workers have law degrees and some are elected; training requirements for arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators vary.
  • Overall employment is projected to grow more slowly than average, but this varies by occupational specialty.
  • Competition is expected for judge or magistrate jobs because of the prestige associated with serving on the bench.


Personality I'm good with people
Salary $120,130/yr ($60.07/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education Doctor or Professional degree