Court Reporters

Court Reporter Types on Stenography Machine

Court reporters record every word at hearings, trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings by using a stenotype machine to take shorthand notes. Most court reporters transcribe the notes of the proceedings by using computer-aided transcription systems that print out regular, legible copies of the proceedings. The court reporter must also edit and proofread the final transcript and create the official transcript of the trial or other legal proceeding. Approximately 17,670 court reporters work in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Record trial or hearing activity, transcribe testimony into an official document, proof and edit court transcription
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) State and municipal government seats throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Government
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner of a Court Reporting Company
  • Court Reporter
  • Freelance Court Reporter
  • Court-Reporter-In-Training or Scopist

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