Careers in Conflict Management

Professionals with experience in conflict management mediate disputes over social inequalities, divorce and domestic conflict, public resource allocations, international conflicts, labor strikes, and/or environmental protests, between diverse populations and work forces. Conflict management is applicable to law, government, international diplomacy, social work, community activism, nonprofit management, counseling, education, personnel management, public relations, and any other professional industry that requires mediation.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects a 15% job growth for arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators between 2010 and 2020, and reports that in May 2010, the median annual wage for arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators was $55,800. Annual wage and job growth may vary between individual experiences considering factors such as occupation, area, and employer.

Required Education for Conflict Management

According to the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, conflict management aims to prevent the eruption of destructive conflict, facilitate a move from violent to spoken conflict, and enable a transformation from conflict to peace by addressing the causes and consequences of conflict. A student may take a certificate program in conflict resolution at a college or university, may study conflict management as an undergraduate, a master’s student, or as a doctoral student studying dispute resolution, conflict management or public policy through a four- or five-year program.

A mediator may also get a law degree. A conflict management study will aim to study real-world problems of conflict, and the variables, processes, and strategies used by mediators, negotiators, diplomats, facilitators, and relief workers. Specific course work may include conflict theory, practices and theory of nonviolence, international conflict resolution, mediation training, negotiation training, and qualitative research.

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