Medical and Vocational Experts

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers several programs that pay disability benefits to individuals. These include Title II ("covered" or insured employment) and Title XVI, covering individuals with limited income and resources.

We use Medical Experts (MEs) and Vocational Experts (VEs) to provide evidence at hearings before an administrative law judge (ALJ). At this level of our administrative review process, people ask for a de novo hearing before an ALJ regarding a prior determination on their claim for benefits under the Social Security disability program. SSA’s hearing operation is considered the largest trial-type system in the world and is one level in a four-level administrative review process within the SSA.

Choose below to obtain information on becoming a Medical or Vocational Expert.