Sokanu rates Hearing Officers with a F employability rating, meaning this career should provide poor employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 2,200 Hearing Officers. That number is based on the retirement of 2,200 existing Hearing Officers.
Demand for Hearing Officers
Little to no growth is projected in the hearing officer field for the foreseeable future. Despite increasing caseloads and the continued need and demand for these officers to settle disputes, budgetary constraints are expected to limit the ability of federal, state, and local governments to fill vacant positions or authorize new ones. This fact, coupled with the prestige associated with a hearing officer position, ensures that competition will remain strong and turnover will remain low.
Most job openings will result from the need to replace officers who retire, leave because their elected term is over, or choose to teach. While most hearing officers work within government, some find related opportunities with labor organizations, law offices, insurance carriers, and private organizations that offer dispute resolution services.
Supply of Hearing Officers
The Hearing Officer industry is concentrated in California, New York, and Texas.