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Court Reporter training and careers

Secure your future and begin a career as a Court Reporter!
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job prospects for Court Reporters are
expected to be excellent as job openings continue to outnumber job seekers. In
addition, the demand for real-time broadcast captioning and translating will continue
to stimulate employment growth in the court reporting field.

Court Reporters (also known as stenotype reporters or stenographers) transcribe
spoken or recorded speech into written form, typically using stenography equipment
to produce official transcripts of court hearings, depositions and other official
proceedings. Court Reporters use a shorthand system such as stenotype in order to
keep up with the flow of speech. The Court Reporter is often also a notary public who
is authorized to administer oaths to witnesses, and certifies that her or his transcript
of the proceedings is a verbatim account of what was said.

It typically takes 24-36 months to learn the basic skills to become a Court Reporter.
Specialized training is offered by vocational schools, technical institutions and
colleges. Distance learning programs and online training courses are also available.
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) has approved numerous programs
which offer courses in stenotype computer-aided transcription and real-time
reporting. NCRA-approved programs require students to capture a minimum of 225
words per minute. Some States require Court Reporters to be notary publics. Others
require the
Certified Court Reporter (CCR) designation, for which a reporter must
pass a State test administered by a board of examiners.

The majority of Court Reporters work in comfortable settings, such as offices of
attorneys, courtrooms, legislatures, and conventions. An increasing number of Court
Reporters work from home-based offices as independent contractors, or freelancers.
Self-employed Court Reporters, or freelancers, usually work a flexible work schedule.

With experience and education, Court Reporters can advance to administrative and
management, consulting, or teaching positions. Now is the time to accelerate your
career learn the skills you need to become a Court Reporter!

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