Judge Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 28,400 Judges in the United States. The Judge job market is expected to grow by 5.6% between 2016 and 2026.

Judge Employability Rating

F Sokanu rates Judges 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 3,800 Judges. That number is based on 1,600 additional Judges, and the retirement of 2,200 existing Judges.

Demand for Judges

State and federal budget cuts are projected to inhibit demand and job growth for judges. This will sustain a high level of competition in the field. The low turnover rate for this career, partly due to its status and prestige, will further limit employment opportunities. In addition, disputing parties are increasingly settling their conflicts through out-of-court mediation; this trend exerts another negative impact on the occupation of judge. The migration of immigrants to the United States and Canada; the reform of guardianship policies and practices; and the growing problem of elder abuse are, however, expected to create some demand. The majority of openings will result from the need to replace retirees or judges who transition into teaching roles. The private sector may present a limited number of opportunities for judges to work with law firms or conflict resolution services. Judges with the required qualifications advance in the field by moving into courts that extend their jurisdictions and powers.

Supply of Judges

The Judge industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.

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