Do you think court reporting is a dying career? It’s not. In fact, it’s an exciting and growing industry with opportunities not only in the legal field but in communities and businesses across the nation. We hope that we can help you re-think your take on the industry with these facts and myths about court reporting, and encourage you to share your own experience as a court reporter.
Myth: Court reporting is a dying industry.
Court reporting is not a dying industry as some would make you believe. The truth is that there is less interest in court reporting schools and programs have been forced to close. The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) provides a list of approved programs for prospective students; there are also credible online programs for those that don’t have a program in their home state. The flip side of this dilemma is that there are a growing number of opportunities for those with reporting training.
Myth: Court reporting is just for depositions and legal proceedings.
Improved technology and advanced skills and training of Orlando court reporters is making it possible to serve clients outside the legal field. Businesses are requesting real-time captioning of events like seminars, livestreams, and webinars. Civic and business leaders are also requesting transcripts of recordings. The possibilities are endless when there’s a trained professional, Wi-Fi, and opportunity to serve the community and we’re excited to be part of it!
Myth: There are more than enough court reporters to meet the growing demand.
Sadly there are not enough court reporters to meet the demand. Ducker Worldwide estimates a shortage of 5,000+ in the coming year. The cause is two-fold. Court reporters are an average of 53 years old and close to retirement and there simply aren’t enough students graduating from court reporting school to cover the demand. While Florida is set to have a surplus of reporters, nearby Georgia and Alabama will have a shortage. It’s not yet to crisis level but the possibility is certainly looming.
What can you do to help the industry? Keep reading and sharing blog posts like this one on social media. Share your experience and help us get school counselors and students interested in what we think is an exciting and growing industry.