Court Reporter at a Glance

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Best States for Court Reporter

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Maryland 2,340 $39,990 $19
Indiana 710 $35,640 $17
Louisiana 530 $39,950 $19

Becoming a Court Reporter

Before qualifying for their careers, prospective court reporters must earn a high school diploma or GED. Then, upon fulfilling those requirements, they must acquire some higher education. Students have the choice of pursuing certificates in court reporting or associate degrees in court reporting. Whereas both will give students the skills they need to find adequate employment, the associate degree usually takes longer to complete and involves more instruction on the different equipment and methods used in transcription.

Regardless of the degree or certificate level, all court reporting programs should include classes that teach students about proper English, legal terminology, and transcription processes. Students should also learn how to edit documents and prepare files. Some specific classes that court reporting students will take include the following:

  • Machine Shorthand
  • Reporting Technology
  • Legal Document Processing
  • Speed and Accuracy Building

In addition to the education qualifications, some states require court reporters to seek licensure before they can establish careers. Licensing requirements will typically vary and may include a certification exam. Although some states provide their own certification or licensing exam, 22 states use the Registered Professional Reporter exam, which is administered by the National Court Reporters Association. Even if certification is not required by a specific state, court reporters may still want to consider taking the exam, as it could improve job prospects and wages.