Industry Areas

  • Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • Analyze the probable outcomes of cases, using knowledge of legal precedents.
  • Advise clients concerning business transactions, claim liability, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits, or legal rights and obligations.
  • Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges, and question witnesses during the course of a trial.

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Overall Kind of Work

Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.   Duties Lawyers typically do the following: Advise and represent clients in courts, before...

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Work Environment


Lawyers held about 778,700 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most lawyers were as follows: Legal services 48% Local government, excluding education and hospitals 7 State...

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Lawyers and judges work in legal offices and courtrooms on land and aboard ships.

Workweek Breakdown

The hours worked per week by people currently pursuing this career.

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  • 5.67% (0-20 Hours)
  • 3.05% (21-34 Hours)
  • 2.31% (35-39 Hours)
  • 40.90% (40 Hours)
  • 6.76% (41-49 Hours)
  • 41.31% (Over 50 Hours)

Type of Work

The level of day-to-day involvement with data, people or things.

Data: High
People: High
Things: Low

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

Verbal skills: High
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: High
Equipment Operation & Maintenance: Low
Math & Science Skills: Low
Technology Design & Control: Medium
Leadership: High

Workplace at a Glance

The level of different environmental factors you would experience on the job.

Responsibility: Medium
Exposure to Job Hazards: Low
Physical Activity: Low
Decision Making: High
Repetitiveness: Medium
Level of Competition: High
Time Pressure: High

Business Breakdown

The different sectors people in this career currently work in.

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  • 45.28% (Private For-Profit)
  • 3.82% (Private Not For-Profit)
  • 14.97% (State and Local Govt)
  • 6.52% (Federal Government)
  • 29.41% (Self-Employed)


Military Breakdown

The number of people who currently hold this career in the Military.

3,566 Lawyers in the Military

Data supplied by Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center of Education Statistics, Defense Manpower Data Center. (View our update schedule). Contact any business, college or military service branch to answer additional questions.

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