January 11, 2018

Court Reporting Career: Pros and Cons

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: court reporter

Court Reporting Career : Pros and Cons

The demand for court reporters has increased several times over in the past few decades. The potential for growth makes it an excellent career choice for anyone who is interested in working with the courts and the legal system.

Pros of a Court Reporting Career

A court reporting career offers many benefits, including:

  • Flexible Hours – You can work whenever it suits you. So long as you have portable tools, such as a laptop and wi-fi connection, you can choose to work while on the go.

  • Potential Growth – The industry has a great growth potential. The average salary of court reporters varies from $48,000 to $64,000 depending on your skills, experience, education, and certifications. Therefore, if you are a smart worker and offer tremendous value in your work, you might even draw a six-figure salary!

  • Mobility Options – Your tools are portable allowing you to work wherever you are.

  • Educational Feasibility– You can receive your training and certification online without taking classes in a traditional classroom. These days, there are a lot of court reporting schools that offer training or certificate programs which can be completed in less than two years.

  • Job Security – The demand for court reporters is always high as they are needed for most of the legal proceedings. Therefore, if you are qualified, you are certainly going to land a job anywhere in the United States.

Cons of a Court Reporting Career

Although career is a lucrative one, there are challenges that may be difficult for you to overcome. A few cons may include:

  • Certification Requirement – You must become certified and maintain your credentials by following the guidelines of your state. You may have to pass a test for getting a license since a lot of states require court reporters working in legal settings to be certified or licensed by a professional association.

  • High Accuracy – You must maintain a high rate of accuracy to gain a positive reputation. Court documents and depositions often require 100% accuracy to be used in court.

  • Heavy Workloads – While your hours are flexible, you may be required to work 8 to 10 hours a day to meet your obligations. Depositions might take place early in the morning or during late evening hours, lasting 5 hours or more.

  • Low Physical Activity – Court reporting requires sitting for long periods and staring at a monitor for several hours a day. Sitting in the same position for the entire day can be detrimental to your health.

As a court reporter, you will have steady work that can be performed either at home or in an office setting. The pros and cons should be considered before making a leap into this type of career. A court reporting career can be strenuous, but the rewards it offers to those who choose to work in the field make it well worth the time and effort.

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