Stenographers

Stenographers take dictation using either shorthand notation or a stenotype machine, then later transcribe their notes into business documents. They may record people's remarks at meetings or other proceedings and later give a summary report or a word-for-word transcript of what was said. General stenographers may also perform other office tasks such as typing, filing, answering phones, and operating office machines.


Quick Facts
Duties Take dictation using either shorthand notation or a stenotype machine, then later transcribe their notes into business documents
Alternate Title(s) Court Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, Public Stenographers, Real-Time Captioners, Technical Stenographers, Transcribing-Machine Operators
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience On-the-job training
Skills
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Court Reporter, or Real-Time Captioner, or Medical Transcriptionist
  • Manager or Supervisor
  • Stenographer
  • Typist or Clerk

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