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Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers - 23-1021.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Adjudications Specialist
  • Adjudicator
  • Administrative Hearings Officer
  • Administrative Judge
  • Administrative Law Judge
  • Appeals Examiner
  • Appeals Referee
  • Claims Adjudicator
  • Hearings Officer
  • Workers' Compensation Hearings Officer

SOC Occupation Groups

23-0000 Legal Occupations
23-1000 Lawyers, Judges, and Related Workers
23-1020 Judges, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Workers
23-1021.00 Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

Related Occupations


  • Authorize payment of valid claims and determine method of payment.
  • Conduct hearings to review and decide claims regarding issues, such as social program eligibility, environmental protection, or enforcement of health and safety regulations.
  • Conduct studies of appeals procedures in field agencies to ensure adherence to legal requirements and to facilitate determination of cases.
  • Confer with individuals or organizations involved in cases to obtain relevant information.
  • Determine existence and amount of liability according to current laws, administrative and judicial precedents, and available evidence.
  • Explain to claimants how they can appeal rulings that go against them.
  • Issue subpoenas and administer oaths in preparation for formal hearings.
  • 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.
  • Prepare written opinions and decisions.
  • Recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or compromise settlements according to laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions.
  • Research and analyze laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions to prepare for hearings and to determine conclusions.
  • Review and evaluate data on documents, such as claim applications, birth or death certificates, or physician or employer records.
  • Rule on exceptions, motions, and admissibility of evidence.
  • Schedule hearings.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer oaths to court participants.
  • Authorize payments to settle legal disputes.
  • Conduct hearings to investigate legal issues.
  • Coordinate legal schedules or activities.
  • Direct courtroom activities or procedures.
  • Evaluate information related to legal matters in public or personal records.
  • Identify implications for cases from legal precedents or other legal information.
  • Interview claimants to get information related to legal proceedings.
  • Make decisions in legal cases.
  • Prepare legal documents.
  • Prepare written decisions for legal proceedings.
  • Provide legal advice to clients.
  • Research relevant legal materials to aid decision making.
  • Rule on admissibility of legal proceedings.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Appellate Military Judge (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Capital Litigator (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Judge Advocate, General (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Litigator (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Military Judge (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Military Judge (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Military Judge, General Courts-Martial (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Military Judge, Special Courts-Martial (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Medicaid Disability Claims Adjudicator

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Adjudicator
  • Appeals Referee
  • Appeals Reviewer, Veteran
  • Claims Adjudicator
  • Hearing Officer