Court Reporter Careers

Careers for Court ReportersCareer Overview

Court reporters are responsible to create the reports of legal proceedings, court happenings and speeches, and scripts for legal records or reported to the public. Court reporters words are recorded to provide a written report of what happens during legal court events. Their account becomes the legal record and is used to decide court proceedings. Court reporters use a number of methods for recording and documenting court proceedings including stenography and audio recording. They also provide communication services for the hard of hearing and deaf during legal events.

Education Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

The type of reporting chosen usually determines how long it will take to become a proficient court reporter. Voice reporters usually require at least 2 years of practice to become proficient at real-time voice writing. A court reporter learning stenography usually takes about 33 months. Electronic reporters take less time. Many colleges and vocational training centers offer training in court reporting. The National Court Reporters Association has certified over 100 programs to teach stenography, computer aided transcription, and voice recording types of court reporting. Some states require voice reporters to pass a state test or to be notary publics.

Top School’s for court reporters:

University of Phoenix
Capella University
Walden University
Westwood College
Keiser University

Career Trends

Average Salary for court reporters in 2008: $49,710
Jobs in 2008 for court reporters: 21,500
Projected employment openings for court reporter through 2018: 25,400

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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