Court reporting is one of those few jobs that you can do on a freelance basis, and as such, you can be more flexible in the jobs that you take so that you have more time for your family. But what exactly is court reporting? Read below to know.
The very first court reporters were stenograph-pounding typists in the courtroom in the late 19th century. The idea behind court reporting is to have a record of everything that happens in the courtroom - every byte of conversation and every order handed down by the judge. High quality firms like NaegeliUSA.com are the go-to for this type of work.
These days, court reporting has moved out of the court rooms and to events where legal documentation is needed, like lectures, although there are still court-hired court reporters that attend hearings.
Do you want to have a career in court reporting? The first thing you should do is to inquire about the different pieces of training available that are recognized the United States Court Reporters Association. Training can either be provided by community colleges or specialty institutions that only offer specific training in legal documentation. We don't know how much training costs exactly, however, we do know that you have a choice between pure brick-and-mortar classes, online classes, or a combination of both.
The type of class you take does not matter, what matters is that you work hard at training. While court reporting does not require a lot of brainpower, it does require excellent typing skills at the level of over 200 words per minute, a speed which is practically impossible for the average person with a typing speed of 70 words per minute.
Once you are enrolled in a training course, you will be required to get a stenographer. It's an expensive machine that costs upwards of $1,000. However, you can get secondhand items at specialty websites that sell stenograph exclusively.
How much money court reporters make? You can make upwards of $50,000 to something close to $100,000. If that is not a lot of money, we do not know what is. To get that kind of money, though, you need to network with a lot of people because there are no companies that hire court reporters full-time, well, except perhaps for the justice department with their court rooms. Outside the courtroom, the jobs of court reporters are purely on a freelance basis.
Dennis M. Irving