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Arbitration, Mediation, And Conciliation Careers

Career Description

Arbitration, Mediation and Conciliation Careers

Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators are professionals who help people settle their disputes out of court. People who have been aggrieved but who do not want to bear the load of initiating litigation can often find a more neutral way out of such issues with the help of professional arbitrators, mediators and conciliators. In their professional capacity, it is the arbitrators’ responsibility to help all the parties involved to reach a conclusion that is agreeable to all.

Academic Requirements

To embark on their arbitration, mediation and conciliation careers, students need to hold at least a bachelor’s degree in the field of counseling, human resource, public policy or law and have relevant working experience too. Training is conducted in highly specialized independent and national mediation organizations. Generally most courses are completed within 40 hours of input and advanced courses may require 20 hours more.

Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators who hold a Master’s or a PhD. in legal studies like conflict management are better placed in the corporate hierarchy. Degrees and certifications like a master’s degree in law and public policy or a juris doctor (JD) degree, are also something to aspire to as far as a successful career in this field is concerned. Organizations like The American Arbitration Association not only offer special training and apprenticeships to such individuals but are open to memberships too.

Licensing requirements and other terms and conditions of practicing arbitration, mediation and conciliation careers usually vary from state to state although there is no requirement of national licensure yet. Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia require mediators to be certified and meet certain legal requirements.


Job opportunities in arbitration, mediation and conciliation careers are on an upwards trend till 2018 since almost every organization, big or small, tries its best to avoid litigation of any kind and opt for an out of court and swift resolution of all issues. This makes arbitration, mediation and conciliation careers a highly sought after and rewarding career choice.


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