Court Reporters

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that employment of court reporters should grow by 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, or more slowly than the average for all careers. Budget cuts have reduced the number of positions with federal and state court systems, and employment at the local level is expected to grow only slightly. Despite these cuts, there will still be a need for court reporters. The increasing number of criminal court cases and civil lawsuits, coupled with the continuing need for court and pretrial depositions will drive the need for court reporters in both state and federal court systems. Job opportunities should be greatest in and around large metropolitan areas, but qualified court reporters should be able to find work in most parts of the country. Court reporters who are certified—especially with the highest level of certification—will have the most opportunities to choose from.   


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