Looking for a lucrative career that’s a break from the usual? Did you know that court reporters can make from $60,000 up to as much as $100,000 a year?
Court Reporting is a diverse field that not only includes opportunities in the judicial system, but also in areas as diverse as business transcription, closed-captioning, transcribing government proceedings, and real-time reporting of news and sports events.
Some important facts about becoming a court reporter:
- Court reporting is projected to be one of the fastest growing professions in the next 10 years, with experts predicting growth of 25% in that period.
- The explosion of civil and criminal lawsuits in recent years has created a huge demand for court reporters in the justice system.
- Also, legislation has been passed that requires all TV programming to be closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired, creating further demand for trained transcriptionists.
- There are two different types of transcription machines that are used in court reporting, the standard stenotype machine as well as an audio transcription machine that uses a mask to mute the voice of the transcriptionist.
- Court reporting can offer full time hours or flexible scheduling for freelancers. A freelance court reporter can work evenings, weekends, or part time from home.
- This is a profession that can offer you a lot of flexibility in terms of your work environment. You could work anywhere from an attorney’s office to the courtroom, to a corporate boardroom.
- Options include everything from transcribing business meetings to assisting the hearing impaired with Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) technology, which allows people who are hearing impaired effectively communicate in their everyday lives with the help of a certified transcriber.
Training to become a certified court reporter can take as little as six months. Most training companies also offer financial assistance and job training.
Whether you view it as a full time career, or a part time skill that allows you supplement your income on your own schedule, becoming a certified court reporter offers you a wealth of ways to make a difference in the world you live in, help other people and make a great living in the process.
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