Arbitrators must have excellent verbal and writing skills in order to communicate with parties to a dispute. Strong listening and interpersonal skills are also important, as is the ability to negotiate effectively. Analytical abilities and critical thinking are other skills needed for the role, since it is important to logically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the cases presented. Sound judgment is required to determine the appropriate action to take. An ability to persuade others is a highly desirable attribute to have in this position.

Some arbitrator roles require a law degree, but many do not. Most, however, do require a bachelor's degree. Degrees in public policy, political science, business and social work are advantageous in preparing for this career. Courses in psychology, consumer law and public speaking would also be beneficial. Fluency in a second language is helpful, especially for those who intend to pursue work in international arbitration. Master's level degrees in conflict resolution and arbitration are offered by numerous universities, and specialized training is provided by a number of professional associations. Licensure is required in some jurisdictions.

What are Arbitrators like?


Based on our pool of users, arbitrators tend to be predominately enterprising people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Arbitrators by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 68 Sokanu users

Are Arbitrators happy?


Arbitrators rank highly among careers. Overall they rank in the 75th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Arbitrator Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Arbitrators

The most common degree held by arbitrators is Psychology. 7% of arbitrators had a degree in psychology before becoming arbitrators. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Philosophy And Religious Studies graduates are the second most common among arbitrators, representing 6% of arbitrators in the Sokanu user base, which is 3.8 times the average.

Arbitrator Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Arbitrator, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of arbitrators % of population Multiple
Psychology 7.4% 6.7% 1.1×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 5.9% 1.6% 3.8×
Political Science 5.9% 2.9% 2.0×
Sociology 5.9% 2.1% 2.9×
Human Resources 4.4% 1.0% 4.6×
Communications 4.4% 3.3% 1.3×
English Literature 4.4% 4.9% 0.9×
Criminal Justice 4.4% 1.3% 3.3×
Counseling Psychology 4.4% 0.3% 12.7×
International Relations 4.4% 1.5% 2.9×

Arbitrator Education Levels

44% of arbitrators have a bachelor's degree. 28% of arbitrators have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 4%
Associate's degree 8%
Bachelor's degree 44%
Master's degree 28%
Doctorate degree 4%

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