Job opportunities for stenographers are projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2018. Audio recording equipment and the use of personal computers by managers and other professionals has greatly reduced the demand for these workers while increasing demand for CAT system operators in real-time settings. The trend to provide instantaneous captions for the deaf and hearing-impaired and the growing use of CAT technology in courtroom trials should strengthen the demand for real-time reporters. Continued technological advances, such as computer-aided equipment that can print out what is being said by a spoken voice, will imperil this profession. As always, those with the most skill and experience, or a particular area of expertise (such as court reporters or medical transcriptionists), will have the best employment prospects.

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