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Court Reporters

Overview

Court reporters record every word at hearings, trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings by using a stenotype machine to take shorthand notes. Most court reporters transcribe the notes of the proceedings by using computer-aided transcription systems that print out regular, legible copies of the proceedings. The court reporter must also edit and proofread the final transcript and create the official transcript of the trial or other legal proceeding. Approximately 17,670 court reporters work in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Conventional

Organized

Technical

Career Ladder
Owner of a Court Reporting Company

Court Reporter

Freelance Court Reporter

Court-Reporter-In-Training or Scopist