ADR Practitioners are often self-employed. There are limited paid positions within government or private organizations for mediators and arbitrators. To get on-the-job experience, some practitioners start by gaining experience through community or court dispute resolution programs. Practitioners may train to specialize in a particular area of ADR, such as land disputes or divorce mediation. Different fields of ADR can vary in prospects and income range.
ADR is a small but growing industry and is not a regulated profession. As with any career change, it is recommended that you research the opportunities and demand in your area for ADR services.
For more information you can read our the transcript of our panel on The Path to Success as a Mediator