Court Reporters

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 19,200 court reporters work in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Record trial or hearing activity, transcribe testimony into official document, proof, and edit court transcription
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) State and municipal government seats throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Government
Experience Certification or license; on-the-job training; continuing education
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Court Reporter
  • Freelance Court Reporter
  • Court-Reporter-In-training

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