Court reporters are responsible for transcribing depositions, court proceedings, and administrative hearings using a stenotype, a sophisticated machine that allows them to type in shorthand.
After completing court reporter training at a career institute in New York City, you will be ready for a rewarding career in court reporting, closed captioning and related professions. Here is a look at the outlook for court reporters, including pay and opportunities in related fields.
Although employment of court reporters is projected to grow 10 percent over the next decade, many job opportunities will be outside of legal proceedings. Television programs will continue to need closed captioning, and many online broadcasters will be adding closed captioning to their programming in order to comply with new federal regulations.
A growing elderly population will also increase demand for court reporters who are Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) providers at doctor’s appointments, town hall meetings, religious services, movie theaters, and sporting events.
Upon completion of court reporter school, you may be eligible for employment in fields with job duties similar to those of court reporters. Medical transcriptionists, for example, listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare professionals make and convert them into written reports, medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents.
Your NYC career institute can give you additional information about similar occupations to court reporting.