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Court Reporting

Average Annual Salary of an Court Reporting:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the following average salaries earned by court reporters in 2005, by employer:

  • State government: $56,110
  • Local government: $45,600
  • Federal government: $46,270
  • Business support services: $39,520

Necessary Education for an Court Reporting Career:

A degree in Court Reporting


What is Court Reporting in a nutshell?

Court reporters take verbatim (word-for-word) reports of words spoken in courtrooms and other settings.


Court Reporting Skills & Responsibilities:

Shorthand is a set of codes or abbreviations used to transcribe what people say in speeches, meetings, trials, and other verbal events that must be recorded as part of the legal process.

Real-time captioning, also called real-time reporting and real-time transcribing, means transcribing speech into instantly available print.


Future Outlook for Court Reporting careers:

Government economists expect job growth for court reporters to be as fast as the average for all careers through 2014.

There is a shortage of court reporters because fewer people are entering the profession. What's more, the skills of court reporters are in growing demand outside the halls of justice such as in TV and higher education.

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