If you’re thinking about a new career or are just entering the working world, we want you to consider court reporting. The benefits of being a court reporter extend beyond the courtroom to the business world due in part to the evolution of livestream video and webinars. We’re excited to be part of this growing field and hope you are too.
Here are five benefits of being a court reporter:
- No Four Year Degree Required. Whether you choose an online or in-person program, you can be working as a court reporter in as few as two years. Not only that but the profession is in high demand so you will likely land a well-paying job or work freelance right out of school.
- Earning Potential. With more than 5,000 court reporters set to retire over the next few years, there is a great need for professionals to enter this field. While the average salary for a court reporter nationwide is $53,000 [Source], that number is set to grow by 14% per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics due in large part to a court reporter shortage and greater need both inside and outside the courtroom. If you’re trained in Real-Time Translation, the earning potential is even higher.
- Flexible Schedule. If you dream of earning enough money and having time to travel the world, consider this profession. Many reporters are working from home (or other remote locations) on a flexible schedule and creating the life of their dreams.
- Varying people, places, and topics. You might think working as a court reporter means focusing on one case for weeks, and while that may be true, within that case you will likely transcribe testimony from a variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures. You might also work on a type of case one week and something completely different the next. We’re always working with different people so there’s not a dull moment!
- Career outside the courtroom. What we love most about this field is that it’s growing! We’re not just working in courtrooms anymore. There’s a need for people with our skills and training at press conferences, sporting events, business meetings, webinars, and conferences.
The benefits of being a court reporter extend beyond the courtroom to business settings and beyond. We’re excited to be part of this growing field and look forward to working with you!