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Court Reporter

Overview: A court reporter is an official witness to legal proceedings such as trials, hearings and depositions. They record all verbal statements made by parties participating in the proceeding. Most reporters use a stenotype keying machine to record the statements and create an official transcript.
Duties: They attend court trials, hearings and depositions to objectively record all verbal statements made by persons participating in the proceedings such as lawyers, witnesses, the accused and judges.

They use stenotype machines to key in short-hand symbols in order to record the statements made during the hearing. Computers are used to roughly translate the shorthand symbols into English.

They edit the rough computer translation of the proceedings in order to produce a finished accurate report which can be read and understood by persons interested in the case.At legal depositions done outside a courtroom, they swear in witnesses. They are responsible for exhibits presented during the proceeding and must mark and catalog them for future reference.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Administrative Secretary 
A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Office Technology: Word/Information Processing 
Job Outlook: Employment of court reporters is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 for several reasons. There are an increasing number of court cases requiring accurate recording of proceedings and pre-trial information. In addition, new regulations requiring close captioning for the deaf for broadcasting will need court reporters outside the courtroom.
Starting Salary: Experienced reporters who are willing to travel to work at conferences can earn higher salaries.
Salary Range (National Average): $25,000 to $30,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Court reporting training programs are offered by technical institutes, colleges and universities leading to certification and either an associate or a bachelor's degree. Most employers require stenotyping skills and many states require court reporters to be Notary Publics and be certified by examinations administered by the National Court Reporters Association.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.