Real-Time Captioners

The development of automated voice and speech systems—the computer programs that automatically convert speech to written text—may have some effect on the court reporting field, but there are no current systems that can accurately handle multiple speakers, and it's unlikely that such technology will exist in the near future. Therefore, captioners and court reporters will be in high demand for years to come. The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts faster-than-average employment growth for all court reporter occupations through 2018. The continued need for accurate transcriptions of pretrial and court proceedings, and the growing demand for captions for live television will mean continued need for real-time captioners and voice writers, The DOL predicts that court reporters who are certified and who specialize in CART, broadcast captioning, or webcasting services will have the best job opportunities.

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