Also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator (ADR Coordinator), Arbiter, Arbitrator, Divorce Mediator, Family Mediator, Federal Mediator, Labor Arbitrator, Labor Mediator, Mediator, Public Employment Mediator
Also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator (ADR Coordinator), Arbiter, Arbitrator
Mediators facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue.
In addition, Mediators resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Mediators are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Mediators. More generally, Mediators are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Mediator is $66,130, and the average salary is $76,440. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Mediator salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Mediators earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Mediators earn less than $38,330 per year, 25% earn less than $47,440, 75% earn less than $99,870, and 90% earn less than $131,210.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Mediators is expected to change by 10.1%, and there should be roughly 400 open positions for Mediators every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Mediator are usually higher in their Social, Enterprising, and Conventional interests.
Mediators typically have very strong Social interests. Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
Also, Mediators typically have very strong Enterprising interests. Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Lastly, Mediators typically have moderate Conventional interests. Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Mediator tend to value Relationships, Independence, and Achievement.
Most importantly, Mediators very strongly value Relationships. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.
Second, Mediators strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Mediators strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Mediators must consistently demonstrate qualities such as analytical thinking, self-control, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Mediators, ranked by importance:
Many Mediators have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Mediators may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Mediators may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as law and government, personnel and human resources, or psychology knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Mediators might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Mediators must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Mediators need abilities such as written expression, oral comprehension, and oral expression in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Mediators, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Mediators frequently use skills like negotiation, active listening, and writing to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Mediators, ranked by their relative importance.
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