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Stenographers

Overview

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. There are approximately 17,670 court reporters, including stenographers, employed in the United States, according to the Department of Labor.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Organized

Technical

Career Ladder
Court Reporter, or Real-Time Captioner, or Medical Transcriptionist

Manager or Supervisor

Stenographer

Typist or Clerk