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COURT REPORTER, IN-DEPTH: I Like Hearing All Of The Interesting Cases

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Holly goes in-depth with her story about being a court reporter. She shares what she likes most about her job and what's most difficult about working in the courts. She also talks about getting work in her field and why she thought she would make 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
$30,000 - $95,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Flexible, Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Associate degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Data Entry and Processing
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m='11890'>hard.</span> <span m='12600'>For</span> <span m='12780'>me</span> <span m='12980'>it</span> <span m='13040'>wasn't,</span> <span m='13520'>I</span> <span m='13610'>was</span> <span m='13800'>lucky.</span> <span m='14960'>In</span> <span m='15140'>2001,</span> <span m='16930'>there</span> <span m='17060'>were</span> <span m='17150'>a</span> <span m='17210'>lot</span> <span m='17390'>of</span> <span m='17530'>opportunities</span> <span m='18170'>for</span> <span m='18290'>court</span> <span m='18480'>reporters.</span> <span m='19130'>So</span> <span m='19260'>I</span> <span m='19350'>got</span> <span m='19620'>picked</span> <span m='19880'>up</span> <span m='20080'>right</span> <span m='20270'>after</span> <span m='20490'>I</span> <span m='20540'>passed the</span> <span m='20950'>state</span> <span m='21290'>test.</span> <span m='21800'>That</span> <span m='22210'>was</span> <span m='22620'>great.</span> </p><p><span m='23440'>I</span> <span m='23520'>had</span> <span m='23690'>always</span> <span m='24040'>been</span> <span m='24300'>a</span> <span m='24350'>fast</span> <span m='24890'>typist,</span> <span m='26280'>and</span> <span m='26560'>I</span> <span m='26710'>thought</span> <span m='27060'>court</span> <span m='27250'>reporting</span> <span m='27740'>would</span> <span m='28170'>be</span> <span m='28280'>for</span> <span m='28450'>me</span> <span m='28650'>because</span> <span m='28980'>I</span> <span m='29100'>was</span> <span m='29340'>interested</span> <span m='29780'>in</span> <span m='29850'>the</span> <span m='29950'>law</span> <span m='30370'>and</span> <span m='30490'>I</span> <span m='30530'>could</span> <span m='30700'>type</span> <span m='31030'>really</span> <span m='31240'>fast.</span> <span m='31830'>And</span> <span m='31930'>even</span> <span m='32100'>though</span> <span m='32210'>it's</span> <span m='32390'>not</span> <span m='32540'>the</span> <span m='32619'>same</span> <span m='32840'>thing</span> <span m='33200'>as</span> <span m='33330'>typing,</span> <span m='33980'>it's</span> <span m='34610'>similar.</span> <span m='35220'>So</span> <span m='35590'>I thought,</span> <span m='35880'>this</span> <span m='36070'>is</span> <span m='36230'>for me.</span> <span m='36630'>Being a</span> <span m='37030'>court</span> <span m='37110'>reporter</span> <span m='37610'>takes</span> <span m='37830'>a</span> <span m='37890'>lot</span> <span m='38070'>of</span> <span m='38150'>time--</span> <span m='38820'>not</span> <span m='39030'>just</span> <span m='39220'>when</span> <span m='39370'>you're</span> <span m='39480'>at</span> <span m='39660'>the</span> <span m='39770'>courthouse</span> <span m='40280'>or</span> <span m='40380'>doing</span> <span m='40650'>a</span> <span m='40690'>deposition,</span> <span m='41370'>but</span> <span m='42250'>the</span> <span m='42360'>production</span> <span m='42840'>of</span> <span m='42970'>the</span> <span m='43060'>transcripts</span> <span m='43920'>can</span> <span m='44090'>take</span> <span m='44430'>hours</span> <span m='44790'>upon</span> <span m='45130'>hours</span> <span m='45600'>and</span> <span m='46090'>weeks</span> <span m='46160'>upon</span> <span m='46420'>weeks.</span> <span m='46580'>So</span> <span m='46935'>you</span> <span m='47290'>have</span> <span m='47480'>to</span> <span m='47580'>be</span> <span m='47740'>willing</span> <span m='48080'>to</span> <span m='48220'>put</span> <span m='48420'>in the</span> <span m='48620'>extra</span> <span m='48970'>time</span> <span m='50680'>to</span> <span m='50830'>make</span> <span m='51000'>your</span> <span m='51100'>transcripts</span> <span m='51710'>perfect,</span> <span m='51985'>and</span> <span m='52260'>to</span> <span m='52400'>produce</span> <span m='52970'>the</span> <span m='53060'>work</span> <span m='53320'>product</span> <span m='53620'>that you</span> <span m='53920'>can be</span> <span m='54220'>proud of.</span> 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