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Court Reporters

Court Reporters
Quick Facts : Court Reporters*
2010 Median Pay$47,700
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201222,000
Job Outlook14% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change3,100

Court reporters attend and create verbatim transcriptions of legal proceedings and public speaking events. Some court reporters provide captioning for television at public events. They play a critical role in legal proceedings and other meetings where it is important to have a record of exactly what was said. Court reporters are responsible for producing a complete, accurate, and secure legal record.

What Court Reporters Do

  • Record spoken dialogue with specialized equipment, such as covered microphones
  • Review notes for names of speakers and technical terminology  
  • Prepare transcripts for the record
  • Edit transcripts for typographical errors
  • Provide copies of transcripts and recordings to the courts, counsels, and parties involved

Work Environment

Most court reporters work onsite for the government, in courts and legislatures. However, some work remotely in broadcast captioning from either their home or a central office.
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Job Outlook

Employment of court reporters is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020 as demand will be influenced by new federal legislation requiring increased captioning for the Internet and other technologies.
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In May 2010, the average salary for court reporters was $47,700 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Court Reporters

There are different programs for the different transcription methods. Programs in using steno masks and digital recording typically last 6 months, and lead to a certificate upon completion. Programs in stenography, in which students are taught to use stenotype machines, last about 2 to 4 years and often lead to an associate's degree.
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