Court Reporters

Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

Median Annual Wage: $49,860

Education: Post-secondary certificate (41%); Associate's degree (34%); Some college, no degree (10%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Court Reporter; Freelance Court Reporter; Court Stenographer; Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR); Realtime Court Reporter; Court Monitor; Deposition Reporter; Official Court Reporter; Digital Court Reporter; Stenographer

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Court Reporters.

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  • Take notes in shorthand or use a stenotype or shorthand machine that prints letters on a paper tape.
  • Record symbols on computer storage media and use computer aided transcription to translate and display them as text.
  • Provide transcripts of proceedings upon request of judges, lawyers, or the public.
  • Transcribe recorded proceedings in accordance with established formats.
  • File a legible transcript of records of a court case with the court clerk's office.
  • Ask speakers to clarify inaudible statements.
  • File and store shorthand notes of court session.
  • Record depositions and other proceedings for attorneys.
  • Respond to requests during court sessions to read portions of the proceedings already recorded.
  • Verify accuracy of transcripts by checking copies against original records of proceedings and accuracy of rulings by checking with judges.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Court Reporters.

  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Court Reporters.

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