Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 23-1021 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to decide or recommend decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters and prepare decisions. Determine penalties or the existence and the amount of liability, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims, or compromise settlements.
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Prepare written opinions and decisions. Monitor and direct the activities of trials and hearings to ensure that they are conducted fairly and that courts administer justice while safeguarding the legal rights of all involved parties. Determine existence and amount of liability according to current laws, administrative and judicial precedents, and available evidence. Research and analyze laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions to prepare for hearings and to determine conclusions. Conduct hearings to review and decide claims regarding issues such as social program eligibility, environmental protection, and enforcement of health and safety regulations. Review and evaluate data on documents, such as claim applications, birth or death certificates, and physician or employer records. Recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or compromise settlements according to laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions. Rule on exceptions, motions, and admissibility of evidence. Confer with individuals or organizations involved in cases to obtain relevant information. Issue subpoenas and administer oaths in preparation for formal hearings. Explain to claimants how they can appeal rulings that go against them.
License: License not required.
Outlook: poor
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $35.65   Entry $74,152.00
Mean $61.08   Mean $127,053.00
Experience $73.79 Experience $153,504.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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23-1021.00 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers