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COURT REPORTER: Too Shy To Become An Attorney, So I Thought Court Reporter Was Wise Alternative

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Holly shares her story about being a court reporter. She talks about what it's like to work in a court house, including how a steno machine works, and how & why she went into this field. Holly provides advice on what you need to do to become a good court reporter.

Job Title: Court Reporter

Job Summary: Court Reporters

Job Description

Court reporters attend legal proceedings and public speaking events to create word-for-word transcriptions. Some court reporters provide captioning for television and at public events.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Required by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$30,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Associate degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Data Entry and Processing
Writing
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m='10110'>down</span> <span m='10310'>the</span> <span m='10400'>proceedings</span> <span m='11090'>on</span> <span m='11190'>steno</span> <span m='11730'>machine</span> <span m='12910'>and</span> <span m='13490'>produce</span> <span m='14250'>transcripts</span> <span m='14850'>upon</span> <span m='15110'>request.</span> <span m='16070'>The</span> <span m='16239'>machine</span> <span m='17690'>consists</span> <span m='18230'>of</span> <span m='18420'>24</span> <span m='19040'>keys,</span> <span m='19660'>and</span> <span m='19860'>there</span> <span m='20010'>are</span> <span m='20060'>no</span> <span m='20290'>letters</span> <span m='20680'>or</span> <span m='20770'>numbers</span> <span m='21180'>on</span> <span m='21460'>them.</span> <span m='22050'>And</span> <span m='22100'>you</span> <span m='22350'>stroke</span> <span m='23050'>different</span> <span m='23330'>combinations</span> <span m='23960'>of</span> <span m='24070'>keys</span> <span m='24340'>at</span> <span m='24610'>the</span> <span m='24730'>same</span> <span m='25000'>time</span> <span m='25310'>to</span> <span m='25420'>form</span> <span m='25980'>words</span> <span m='26310'>and</span> <span m='26615'>phrases,</span> <span m='27360'>and</span> <span m='27800'>sometimes</span> <span m='28200'>whole</span> <span m='28370'>sentences.</span> </p><p><span m='29900'>I'd</span> <span m='30160'>always</span> <span m='30620'>been</span> <span m='30780'>interested</span> <span m='31240'>in</span> <span m='31340'>the</span> <span m='31440'>law</span> <span m='32540'>but</span> <span m='32980'>was a</span> <span m='33050'>little</span> <span m='33270'>too</span> <span m='33410'>shy</span> <span m='33730'>to</span> <span m='34140'>pursue</span> <span m='34690'>being</span> <span m='35070'>an</span> <span m='35140'>attorney,</span> <span m='35610'>so</span> <span m='35930'>I</span> <span m='36040'>thought</span> <span m='36400'>that</span> <span m='36630'>court</span> <span 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<span m='51370'>medical.</span> <span m='52630'>I</span> <span m='52720'>never</span> <span m='53030'>knew</span> <span m='53520'>all</span> <span m='53860'>of the</span> <span m='53960'>different</span> <span m='54270'>cases</span> <span m='54700'>that</span> <span m='54810'>I</span> <span m='54890'>would</span> <span m='55010'>hear.</span> <span m='55930'>Everything</span> <span m='56370'>from</span> <span m='56830'>sad</span> <span m='57135'>to</span> <span m='57440'>happy,</span> <span m='58470'>to</span> <span m='59400'>dangerous,</span> <span m='59960'>exciting,</span> <span m='60310'>you</span> <span m='60660'>just get</span> <span m='60980'>to</span> <span m='61060'>hear</span> <span m='61310'>everything</span> <span m='61580'>in</span> <span m='61850'>court.</span> </p><p><span m='63090'>The</span> <span m='63340'>advice</span> <span m='63440'>I would</span> <span m='63680'>give</span> <span m='63840'>to</span> <span m='64069'>someone</span> <span m='64530'>looking</span> 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<span m='76340'>a</span> <span m='76420'>live</span> <span m='76670'>speaker.</span> <span m='77610'>Because</span> <span m='77820'>people</span> <span m='78160'>can</span> <span m='78460'>speak</span> <span m='78610'>up</span> <span m='78810'>to</span> <span m='79100'>250</span> <span m='79290'>words</span> <span m='79620'>a minute.</span> </p>","file":{"id":297200,"video_id":"2746064754001","name":"1274-Holly-p-CourtReporter","duration":81224,"thumbnail_url":null}});