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Six things prospective court reporters should know about this career.
For people just entering the workforce or those looking for a new career, the law might be a good option. And while lawyers get most of the attention, they are certainly not the only members of the legal industry. One profession worth looking into could be court reporting.
Most people probably have some idea of what a court reporter does, but not the intricacies involved. For example, there are many more duties than just recording what goes on during a trial or other legal proceeding. If you’re serious about pursuing a court reporting career, here are some other things you should know:
Schooling is short
If the thought of spending four years or more in college fills you with dread, you will be happy to know that training for a court reporter can usually be completed in two years or less. Not only does this mean lower costs for tuition, it means if you do need to get loans, it won’t take you as long to pay them back.
Job security is excellent
One of the best reasons to get into court reporting now is because the demand is so high. Due in part to the fact that so many have retired recently, currently there is a big shortage of court reporters around the U.S. This means that you will almost always be able to find work. And although recording devices are sometimes used instead of reporters, you don’t have to worry about machines taking over, as most people prefer working with a human.
The pay is great
Okay, let’s get to the part you’re probably most interested in. Right now, the median salary for a court reporter is almost $56,000. The typical range is between $40,000 and $73,000, which means right out of school, you could be making good money. And it’s not uncommon for court reporters to make close to $100,000.
There’s rarely a dull moment
Court reporters may be silent participants, but they are always involved in the action. They play integral roles in an assortment of legal proceeding, including trials, deposition, or arbitrations. They are frequently used for other things too, like conferences and meetings. Not only do they have the opportunity to meet and work with top legal professionals, but they also get to learn about things most people aren’t privy to.
The work is flexible
In many cases, court reporters can work as much or as little as they would like. On a freelance basis, they often have the opportunity to take the assignments they want. And because most things involving the law operate during regular business hours, there are not usually any late nights or weekend work.
The job is important
Lawyers and judges may make the headlines, but court reporters are extremely vital to our legal system. In many instances, they are the cogs that keep the wheels of justice spinning. If you are looking for a career that is not only interesting but also important, court reporting could be just what you’re after.
Want more information on what it’s like to be a court reporter?
If you are looking to start your reporting career, Boss Reporting can offer tips and guidance. Since 1995, we have been the home of the top court reporters in Broward County and around the country. Call us at 954-467-6867 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.