Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes.
The majority of lawyers work in private and corporate legal offices. Some work for federal, local, and state governments. Most work full time and many work more than 40 hours a week.
Lawyers must have a law degree and must also typically pass a state’s written bar examination.
The median annual wage for lawyers was $126,930 in May 2020.
Employment of lawyers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Competition for jobs over the next 10 years is expected to be strong because more students graduate from law school each year than there are jobs available.