Do you love watching court television or actual cases on Court TV? Have you ever imagined yourself working in a courtroom or swearing in a witness? Have you ever said, “Wow! How do they do that?” Do you have a strong interest in the legal profession? If so, you may want to look into a career as a court reporter.
Court reporters have an exciting, fascinating, and lucrative income, and career. They can set their own schedules seven days a week as a freelance court reporter, or work in the courtroom with a particular judge as an official court reporter. They are also salaried employees when they work as an official in a courtroom. They can also work remotely as a closed captioner. Court reporters work at conferences, board meetings, churches, and webinars. Court reporters are even employed at the House of Representatives, as Official Court Reporters.
When people think of a court reporter they think of a machine typist, often known as a stenographer. But voice recognition is quickly becoming on the scene as a faster, more affordable and easier method of court reporting. Voice recognition allows the reporter to quickly and effectively repeat the spoken word verbatim through a silencer mask. Voice writing is a six month program that teaches the student how to incorporate briefs throughout the dictation, proper breathing techniques, and the correct ways for punctuation, and producing a transcript. Voice recognition is currently recognized in twenty-six states and is expected to grow rapidly, because of its faster method of reporting.
Because the program is only six months, and in some cases nine months, depending on the student, most schools do not offer financial aid. However, most schools offer a highly affordable payment plan that is definitely worth the investment. The cost for the program ranges between $2,200 and $6,000 for the six months. Most schools will charge an upfront fee, followed by an affordable payment plan that will be completed in six months. You can take classes on-line or at a school.
The best part of this program is-you will not have student loans to pay back. The money that you have invested for your training you will begin to see once you start working in the field. For example, one trial may be worth a $2500 paycheck. Court reporting is what the individual makes of it. If you choose to work two days a week your paycheck may be lesser than a person who is working five days a week and producing transcripts on time. The truth is, as with most professions, the more you perfect your skill the higher income you will receive.
Voice writing is faster, easier, and affordable. A faster way of becoming a certified court reporter making a great income may be just around the corner. Contact a school near you or an online program and be on your way to a fascinating, and lucrative career.