Launching Your Career in Closed Captioning

Training in closed captioning will afford you a very lucrative, yet flexible career. After completing training at a community college or vocational school, you will be eligible for a job for which you can earn as much as $75,000 to $100,000 per year. Many jobs can even be performed from home. Many vocational schools in New York City offer communication access real-time translation (CART) training, which can prepare you for a career in closed captioning or court reporting.

Familiarize Yourself with Closed Captioning Jobs
Broadcast closed captioning is a job that can be performed at home. If you have this job, you will create a live transcription of everything that is said during a television program. Closed captioners are typically required to have a 98% accuracy rate. As you would be writing in real-time for television shows with millions of viewers, you should familiarize yourself with real-time writing theory, such as the National Court Reporting Association’s Realtime Reporting and Captioning Theory.

Enroll in a CART Training Program
Find a community college or vocational school in your area that offers an accredited CART training program. This program will give you training and experience using a steno machine, mastering the shorthand typing necessary in real-time reporting, and improving your transcription skills and speed.

Choose a Career
While your training will prepare you for a job in broadcast closed captioning, there are a few other career paths that you can take once you have completed CART training. Once you earn a certificate of completion from the CART training program, you will be eligible for a number of entry-level jobs as a real-time reporter, CART provider, or broadcast captioner. Some vocational schools offer a program called a Court Reporting / Closed Captioning Training program. After completion of such a program, students may become certified as professional court reporters, broadcast captioners, or CART providers. The training will also qualify you for a rapid data entry job at a hospital or insurance agency, or for a real-time reporting job via the internet for sales meetings, press conferences, product introductions, and technical training seminars.

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