• Careers and Employment Outlook

    A Career with Choices 

    • Independence  
    • Prestige  
    • Flexibility  
    • Exciting work environment

    Pursue one of the following career paths:
    Official Court Reporter
    Work in a courtroom as an Official Court Reporter with full benefits and extra compensation for transcripts produced. Be a part of modern computer-integrated courtrooms by writing realtime and allowing all parties to view your writing instantly as it is projected on computer monitors around the courtroom.

    Freelance Reporter
    Work as a freelance reporter associated with a single firm or as an independent contractor and enjoy a flexible schedule taking depositions for pretrial discovery, recording conventions, hearings, and other matters. Your salary is determined by the amount of time you commit to your work. Work as little or as much as you want. You can even work from home.

    These career objectives can be attained by completion of the A.A.S. in Court Reporting.  The curriculum is designed to offer education and skills to prepare the student to pass the Texas Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) examination and the National Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination.  In addition, the A.A.S. in Court Reporting also prepares the student to meet transfer requirements to an upper-level college or university. Students who opt to pursue court reporting classes only may complete the Certificate in Court Reporting (no core curriculum requirements).

    Captioner
    Work in the field of captioning, both closed captioning and offline captioning. Caption live television programs as they occur live, as well as perform a much-needed service to the deaf and hard of hearing as a Communication Access Realtime Translating (CART) provider. As a captioner, you can work from the casual setting of your home as you write remotely from live television programming. Or, secure contracts to do offline captioning as you caption motion pictures and programs from television archives.

    These career objectives can be attained by completion of the Enhanced Certificate in Judicial Realtime/CART/Captioning in addition to the A.A. S. Degree in Court Reporting.

    Scopist/Transcriber
    Work as a scopist assisting working court reporters to produce transcripts and do daily copy for court and depositions, or use your court reporting skills to do transcriptions for legal proceedings working for attorneys, or fulfilling the needs of a variety of companies that may need the services of a transcriptionist.

    These career objectives can be attained by completion of the Certificate in Information Reporting/Scoping.

    Employment change:  Employment of court reporters is projected to grow 18 percent, faster than the average for all occupations between 2008 and 2018. Demand for court reporter services will be spurred by the continuing need for accurate transcription of proceedings in courts and in pretrial depositions, by the growing need to create captions for live television, and by the need to provide other real-time broadcast captioning and translating services for the deaf and the hard of hearing.

    Job prospects:  Job opportunities for court reporters are expected to be excellent as job openings continue to outnumber jobseekers in some areas. Court reporters with certification and those who choose to specialize in providing CART, broadcast captioning, or webcasting services should have the best job opportunities. Court reporters who are willing to relocate to rural areas or large cities, where demand for court reporters’ services is very high, should have good job opportunities. The favorable job market also reflects the fact that fewer people are entering this profession, particularly as stenographic typists.

    Court reporters had median annual wages of $49,710 in May 2008.  Median annual wages in May 2008 were $51,150 for court reporters working in local government and $44,670 for those working in business support services.

    Compensation and compensation methods for court reporters vary with the type of reporting job, the experience of the individual reporter, the level of certification achieved, and the region of the country. Official court reporters earn a salary and a per-page fee for transcripts. Many salaried court reporters supplement their income by doing freelance work. Freelance court reporters are paid per job and receive a per-page fee for transcripts. CART providers are paid by the hour. Captioners receive a salary and benefits if they work as employees of a captioning company.  Captioners working as independent contractors are paid by the hour.