Are you looking for a job that has the potential to be different every day? Have you ever wanted to be to be involved in various legal proceedings, different types of assignments, and have control over your career and earning potential? If you’re intrigued or if you said, “yes” to any of these preceding questions, you just might want to explore the career opportunities and benefits of being a court reporter in Wilson, North Carolina.
If you’ve been online recently you may have heard there is a court reporter shortage and that shortage is predicted to grow. What does this mean for you? It means there is an opportunity for you to jump into a career that offers potential growth opportunity.
What are some of the other benefits of being a court reporter? Here are just a few to consider when planning your career path.
You have job security.
Yes, there is talk of digital and videography technologies “taking over” in the courtrooms, but we believe that court reporters in Wilson, NC can embrace the technologies and use them to enhance the services they provide within a courtroom. Despite advances in technology, the demand for court reporters is growing, not shrinking. The National Court Reporters Association notes that by the end of 2018 more than 5,000 court reporters will be retiring – those retirees mean vacant spots for a court reporter to fill.
It’s a career that provides rewards.
Think about it. A court reporter plays a crucial role in a legal proceeding. Without a court reporter to capture what is said and transcribe that information, much of the testimony would be lost or would have the potential to be incorrect. When transcribing the official record of a trial or deposition, a court reporter’s transcripts can “make or break” a case. It is a heady and daunting responsibility.
There are professional and personal development opportunities.
The very nature of a court reporter’s duties mean you should be continually developing your professional skills. What skills make a court reporter stand out from the competition? Here are a few:
- Professional courtroom demeanor
- Mental toughness
- Attention to detail
- An excellent command of the language
- Listening skills
- Time management
- A drive for continual learning and development
The benefits of being a court reporter extend beyond the courtroom to the business world due in part to the evolution of livestream video and webinars.
Flexibility. You don’t have to pursue a four-year degree and can be involved in the pursuit of your career within two years. Flexibility is also inherent in the learning as you can choose to learn on site or online. Many court reporter graduates find they land a job soon after completing their training.
Flexibility is also in the schedule that you set for yourself. Many court reporters find they can work as much, or as little, as they want. They can set their own schedules and in some cases can even work from home for a portion of the time.
The earning potential for a court reporter is also flexible. A full time court reporter can command more than $50,000 right out of school and with experience and training can skyrocket their earnings.
Outside the courtroom. Not all court reporters spend their days in a courtroom. With the ability to capture and transcribe information you could use your skills in a legal setting to capture information at a lawyer’s office, you could be on call to record notes at a business meeting or even a press conference.
There are myriad of benefits of being a court reporter. We trust that once you’ve completed your training you will have uncovered your chosen legal path and will uncover even more opportunities. We’re excited to be part of this growing field and hope you are too.