Demand for Court Reporters is Growing

Are you seeking a new career? The demand for court reporters is growing so it’s a profession worth considering. The National Court Reporters Association has announced that by 2018, the demand for court reporters will exceed the supply. [Source]

Over the next five years more than 5,000 court reporters are set to retire leaving a shortage. Not only that, but there is a growing need in the business world. If you’re looking for a career with earning potential of six figures and are detail oriented, this could be a great option for you.

Cost of College vs. Career

College graduates are averaging nearly $40,000 in student loans when they earn a four year degree. And the news isn’t getting better with tuition rising at public and private colleges and universities across the country. Costs coupled with a slow to no growth economy is a recipe for financial disaster.

It makes sense to consider court reporting which typically requires only a two year Associate’s degree and a starting salary of $43,000 on average with a six figure earning potential with experience. Avoid the cost of a four year or advanced degree and establish yourself in a career before others have even picked a major.

Outside the Courtroom

There’s more good news. There’s rarely, if ever, a lack of jobs for court reporters.

While courtrooms are being digitized, the technology hasn’t advanced to the point where court reporters are no longer needed. Often people talk over each other or witnesses talk too softly for the recording to be accurate so the human factor is still in play. Many of us are working from home taking depositions and transcribing video testimony. And some are even working in the business world.

From press releases to webinars and conferences, businesses are looking for ways to repurpose content. If you’re trained to transcribe audio like we are, there are jobs and freelance opportunities available. That’s in addition to the continued demand in the legal field.

If you’re considering a new career, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about this growing field.

Contact us today to get connected to the resources you need to be successful.

2 Responses

  1. I am one of those 5,000 reporters that likely will retire within five years. My first employment as a reporter began July 1st, 1970. From the beginning I frequently heard that we will soon be replaced. Some days, but very few, I thought about saying "today would be just fine with me." But I feel truly blessed to be a part of this profession and I still look forward to coming to work every day. I have traveled coast to coast covering depositions, I have reported long, complicated jury trials. and every time I started thinking I've seen it all, I soon found out that was not at all true. We are a close family of professionals and you will be hard pressed to find a more interesting and rewarding manner of navigating your way through life.
    • I couldn't agree more! My fellow court reporters have become some of my closest friends. You will not find a closer knit group of professionals that always have each other's back and are willing to help in any way they can. Whether it's covering a deposition or filling in for a jury trial if emergency calls, we are always there for one another and I have found it to be the same in other places throughout our country amongst court reporters. Court reporting can take you so many places and you will always hear something new and be meeting new people at the same time. I have not once regretted my decision to become a court reporter and I look forward to the many years ahead of me serving this profession with integrity and the highest code of ethics possible. Ours is a great responsibility as Guardians of the Record, and that's part of the reason why I love this field so much. Choose court reporting as a life choice in your career that you can be confident of.

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