Are you looking for a career in a growing field? Do you want to create your own hours? Are you detail-oriented and focused? Court reporting may be a great fit for you! The best part is that most people don’t know the benefits of being a court reporter so the opportunities abound.
Because of the court reporter shortage, there is greater demand for court reporters both in the legal field and in business, education, professional sports, television, and politics. This is due in part to the increase in use of video; it has created a need for captioners. In addition, accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing at all levels of education has made real-time reporting and captioning a growing field where experience pays.
With higher demand and limited supply of Florida court reporters, comes higher income. And you don’t need to be experienced to earn more than your peers with the same education.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently increased the median salary for court reporters to $51,320. While you may not earn that much as a new reporter, you will likely make more than others entering different fields.
Ease of Entry
Whether you’re seeking a different career path or are entering the workforce, there is no four-year degree requirement. There is training that can be done in-person or online through court reporting schools. While you will have tuition and education related expenses, you will be able to pay down loans faster because you’re earning more income.
The National Association of Court Reporters (NCRA) provides a list of approved programs along with other resources.
Flexibility of Schedule
One of the best benefits of court reporting is not only is the earning potential higher than for many other professionals, including those that require a four year degree, but there is flexibility of schedule. This is great for those transitioning to a second career before retirement, young couples looking to travel or otherwise spend their time without being stuck in an office working 9 to 5, or parents looking to work from home while earning an income.
The biggest problem faced in the court reporting industry is that no one ones about these benefits! Often people, including career counselors, don’t know that this is a thriving industry with growing opportunities. Share this article and spread the word about the benefits of court reporting!