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.

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

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