Mediators also called “arbitrators” or “conciliators” are neutral non-biased negotiators who work with people that want to settle their legal disputes using a method called “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR). Mediators provide guidance to disputing parties participating in the ADR process and they try to facilitate discussions so that the parties are able to resolve their differences without incurring the high legal costs associated with settling disputes in the courtroom. Mediators may take social histories prepare court reports and provide help with correspondence and other documents. They must keep up with current trends rules and legislation as these relate to cases under negotiation. Many are lawyers or former judges. However there are no formal education license or certification requirements for this profession. Many get training in independent mediation programs or by taking courses offered at postsecondary schools. Some states require a certificate of completion from a mediation course that includes training in active listening negotiation and conflict management. In some cases aspiring mediators volunteer to get on-the-job experience. In order to be successful mediators must be excellent communicators and they must be able to help disputing parties see both sides of a dilemma. According to the website mediators are employed by state and local governments schools universities legal service providers insurance companies and corporations. The pay for mediators that are appointed by the court is usually split between the parties. The job outlook for mediators is positive and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports annual earnings for mediators that range from approximately $28000 to $102000 with a median income of approximately $49500. On an hourly basis mediators earn between $13.50 and $49.05 with a median of approximately $23.80.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $65146
High Salary: $102202
Low Salary: $28090
Tasks: Helps people settle lawsuits outside of a courtroom.
Facilitates negotiations.
Specializes in alternative dispute resolution tactics.
Remains neutral and un-biased during negotiations.
Also Called: Arbitrator
Alternative Dispute Resolution Specialist
Legal Resolution Specialist
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