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Everyone today is searching for a recession-proof career. But what if you could combine job security with career flexibility? What if you could have the financial stability you need along with the variety and excitement you crave? With court reporting, you can.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, court reporting jobs are projected to grow faster than average through the year 2018 (18% compared to the average job growth of 10%].1 Add to this the flexibility to create your own hours and to “be your own boss”, and it’s easy to see why court reporting was ranked as one of the 50 Best Careers of 2011 by U.S. News and World Report. 2 At Bryan University, we give you a clear pathway to the most attractive opportunities in the industry, so that you’re ready to make your next career move as soon as you graduate.
Of the more than 50,000 court reporters/court stenographers in the United States, more than 70% work outside of the courtroom, according to a National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) survey. Court reporters work in a variety of legal settings such as:
- Federal and state courts
- Deposition firms
- Network TV stations providing closed captioning services
- Attorney offices providing litigation or arbitration support
- Business seminars/webinars
- College campuses assisting the hearing impaired
- Legislators offices
- Business or other organizational conventions
While compensation for court reporters can vary with the type of job, your experience, your level of certification, and the region of the country; annual salaries in California average over $80,000. With greater experience and tenure you could enjoy an annual salary of over $105,000.3 Career options include:
- Official Reporter – Work as a salaried courtroom employee on controversial and high-profile cases.
- Freelance Reporter – Work with attorneys, businesses and other groups on pre-trial depositions, arbitrations and business meetings.
- CART Provider – Communication Access Real-time Translation providers accompany deaf and hard-of-hearing clients as needed. For example, attend classes with deaf college students to provide an instant conversion of lectures to text.
With additional training and experience, you can also enter these exciting careers:
- RealTime Reporter – Convert the spoken word instantly to text display for live proceedings utilizing computer-aided translation software.
- Broadcast Captioner – Provide text captions of live television programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers.
At Bryan University, we give you a clear pathway to these exciting court reporting positions, so that you’re ready to make your next career move as soon as you graduate. Learn how we put you on the path.
1Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010 Edition.
2U.S. News & World Report, “50 Best Careers of 2011.” Retrieved on September 9, 2011 from Money.USNews.com: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/best-careers-2011-court-reporter
3Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2011