Court Reporter Career Information, Job Outlook & Salary

Court Reporter

Court Reporter Employment

Court reporters work for federal, state, and local courts, private industry, the entertainment field, and in formal hearings or meetings where written transcripts are required for the proceeding. The stenographic method is the most-common among the reporting practices. The reporter uses a stenotype machine to take down court or legal proceedings which are recorded and translated to readable type by computerized transcription software. Another method is the electronic recording practice where the professional uses tape or digital equipment to record the proceedings and later produces a written transcript. Court reporters sometimes use voice-writing hardware, recording the proceedings with their own narrative, which they later transcribe into a formal document.

Court Reporter Training

Knowing legal terminology as well as court procedure can be a fundamental part of career training. Reporters may take depositions from witnesses, police officers, and lawyers. You will also need to know how to operate recording and transcription devices and the computer hardware that facilitates translation to written documents. Each state and official agency has its own requirements for qualifying and hiring a court reporter. Voice-writers may complete training in less than a year, while real-time stenotypist degree programs may take as long as thirty-three months. Courses may be coupled with criminal justice or online law enforcement degree programs.

Court Reporters Job Description

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, job openings for court reporters are projected to grow by 25 percent during the 2006 to 2016 decade. *The median annual wage in 2008 was $49,710, with top-end earnings at $83,500.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

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