Is Court Reporting Right for You?

Court reporting is one of those careers that is likely to endure despite technological advances and changes. The need for skilled individuals to capture and record information during court and legal proceedings is something that simply cannot be replaced by machines or computers. As with any profession, though, court reporting is not for everyone. So, how can you know if this is a good career for you? You can start by learning more about what the job entails, what education and skills you need and what it is like to work in this career. [Read more…]

Most Popular Court Reporting Schools

You’ve seen the commercials: “Learn how to be a dental assistant” and enjoy what you do. Or, “Become a medical technician” and be the envy of all yourcourt-reporting-accuracy-1024x590 friends. Envy doesn’t pay the bills, though, and maybe you’re not comfortable working in somebody’s mouth. Here’s another career option — go to court. Become a court reporter in 24 months and you could find yourself making nearly $50,000 a year.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in this field can expect to see steady growth over the next decade and an average annual salary of around $49,500 (nationwide). Comparable positions as a medical transcriptionist or interpreter and translator pay $34,890 and $44,190 respectively. [Read more…]

How Fast Do I Need to Type to Be a Court Reporter?

court-reporter-qualityEveryone talks at a different speed, with many factors contributing to their speaking pace. Factors such as occupation, subject matter and geographic area where one is born and raised. Most people speak at a speed from 110 to 200 words per minute (wpm), depending on these influences, with the 150-160 range being an optimal rate for conversation. Now throw in another factor, the speaker’s emotional state, and you’re nearing a 200 wpm rate (only auctioneers and other “fast talkers” are in the 250 to 400 wpm range). [Read more…]