Court Reporting Careers

An associate’s or bachelor’s degree in court reporting can lead to a very rewarding and lucrative career in a variety of fields. Most notably, court reporters work within the judicial system. A court reporter documents all that occurs within a courtroom including testimonies and judicial orders, as well as verbal communications between the judge, legal counsel and jury. In addition, those with court reporting degrees also work in the broadcast field, using their skills to provide closed captioning during live television broadcasts. Coursework for a career in court reporting includes classes in legal terminology, keyboarding, grammar and vocabulary. Many with court reporting degrees leverage their experience and advance their careers as paralegals and attorneys. Most states require practicing court reporters to be certified or licensed.

Employment Opportunities

Court reporting professionals work in a wide range of positions, including:

  • State, Federal and Supreme Courts
  • Local, State and Federal Government
  • Law firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Broadcast captioning and translating

Skills

Court reporting professionals utilize a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Strong listening, writing and keyboarding skills
  • Organization
  • Attention to detail
  • Expert knowledge of computers and new technologies
  • Strong knowledge of legal terms and procedures

Industry Spotlight

Employment opportunities for court reporters are expected to be extremely strong over the next several years, largely in part to the fact that fewer people are entering the profession. In addition, demand for court reporter services will be spurred by the continuing need for accurate transcription of proceedings in courts and in pretrial depositions, by the growing need to create captions for live television, and by the need to provide other real-time broadcast captioning and translating services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008