From a local courthouse to the floor of the United States Senate; from a high-rise office building to a home office in a basement, careers in the reporting profession offer many diverse and unique professional opportunities for the right individuals.
The role of reporters continues to evolve from serving as information managers in complicated trials, to capturing depositions and business proceedings in digital format, to assisting millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing persons through advanced captioning technology. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job opportunities in this field will grow 25% through 2016, which is faster than the average. Also, the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which requires that 100 percent of all new programming in the top 25 markets must be captioned, has established a high demand within the profession.
A career in reporting or captioning offers:
WHAT DO COURT REPORTERS DO?
Court reporters capture the words spoken by everyone during a court or deposition proceeding. Court reporters then prepare verbatim transcripts of proceedings. The official record or transcript helps safeguard the legal process. When litigants want to exercise their right to appeal, they will use the transcript to provide an accurate record of what transpired during their case. During the discovery phase, attorneys also use deposition transcripts to prepare for trial. By combining their skills with the latest technology, some court reporters can provide realtime access to what is being said during a trial or deposition for the benefit of all involved parties. A court reporter providing realtime allows attorneys and judges to have immediate access to the transcript, while also providing a way for deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans to participate in the judicial process.
REPORTER CAREER PATHS
More than 70 percent of the nation’s 35,000 court reporters work outside of the courthouse. Because court reporting involves a highly specialized skill set, reporters have a variety of career options:
Freelance reporters are hired by attorneys, corporations, unions, associations and other individuals and groups who need accurate, complete, and secure records of pretrial depositions, arbitrations, board of director meetings, stockholders meetings and convention business sessions. More information