Attorney

Career Area: Law, Compliance, and Public Safety

Occupation Group: Legal Professionals

Salary

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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Attorney earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $79,663

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $87,903

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Represents clients in legal matters or court proceedings, provides legal advice and draws up legal documents. Works on criminal or civil cases, and either specializes in one area or practices broadly across all areas of law.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina3190+11%
Nationwide128532+8.2%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Attorney is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Litigation: Working experience of Litigation. Litigation is the term used to describe proceedings initiated between two opposing parties to enforce or defend a legal right. Litigation is typically settled by agreement between the parties, but may also be heard and decided by a jury or judge in court.
  • Customer Service: Working experience with the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase.
  • Customer Contact: Experience working with business processes and technologies that are designed to engage customers and facilitate communication by a variety of channels.
  • Legal Research: Legal research is the process of identifying and retrieving information necessary to support legal decision-making.
  • Public Accounting: Working experience of Public Accounting, which can be viewed as firms of accountants that serve clients such as businesses (retailers, manufacturers, service companies, etc.), individuals, nonprofits and governments. Services include: preparation, review, and auditing of the clients' financial statements; tax work including the preparation of income tax returns, and estate and tax planning; consulting and advice involving accounting systems, mergers and acquisitions, and much more.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Attorney that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Intellectual Property: Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the intellect for which a monopoly is assigned to designated owners by law.
  • Contract Drafting: Experience drafting, or writing the language used in contracts.
  • Civil Litigation: Working experience in the non-criminal stream of actions in law.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are transactions in which the ownership of companies, other business organizations or their operating units are transferred or combined.
  • Corporate Governance: Corporate governance is the mechanisms, processes and relations by which corporations are controlled and directed.

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years29%
3 to 5 years49%
6 to 8 years14%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Associate Attorney
  • Attorney
  • Virtual Active Cpa, Enrolled Agent Or Tax Attorney - Seasonal
  • Credentialed Tax Professional - Cpa Enrolled Agent Or Attorney - Seasonal Remote
  • Credentialed Virtual Tax Professional - Cpa, Enrolled Agent Or Attorney

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