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Legislators

Legislators
Quick Facts : Legislators*
2010 Median Pay$19,260
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201267,700
Job Outlook0% (Little or no change)
Employment Change200


Legislators are elected officials to develop laws for local, state, or the federal governments. They often give speeches to the media to keep the public informed or address certain issues. Legislators include members of the U.S. Congress; state senators and representatives; and city, county, and township commissioners and council members.

What Legislators Do

  • Develop bills?drafts of laws that they want their fellow legislators to approve
  • Draft or approve policies, regulations, budgets, and programs
  • Seek funding for projects and programs in their district
  • Serve on committees, panels, and study groups for special policy issues
  • Listen to and address the concerns of people they represent

Work Environment

The working conditions of legislators vary by position and level of government. While some legislators work only a few hours a week, others work long hours and have stressful schedules. Some travel frequently for work.
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Job Outlook

Employment of legislators will experience little or no change from 2010 to 2020.
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Pay

In May 2010, the average salary of legislators was $19,260; however, they vary based on position, level of government, and full- or part-time status.
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Legislators*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Legislators

19260

Legal & Law Enforcement Occupations

51034.1667

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Legislators*
Percent Change in Employment

Legislators

0.295421

Legal & Law Enforcement Occupations

10.89271409312884

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Legislators

Although most legislative positions have minimum age, residency, and citizenship requirements, there is no established education or training requirement to become a legislator. For most positions, having a bachelor's degree or higher is required to be competitive in elections. Successful candidates come from a variety of occupations, but many have experience in politics or management positions.
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