Court reporters create verbatim transcripts of speeches, conversations, legal proceedings, meetings and other events. They play a critical role at every event where the spoken word must be preserved and are responsible for producing a complete, accurate and secure legal record. Increasingly, court reporters provide realtime translation services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
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Salary and Growth
Graduates in the Court Reporting Associate of Science Degree program can find employment in the public and private sectors as governmental or contract court reporters and in broadcast captioning and CART (computer assisted real-time translation). In the Allegheny County area, entry-level salaries for court reporters average $36,180 and overall salaries range from averages of $47,780 to $53,570 (experienced) for 2012 (1).
National Level: On a national level, in 2012 there were 22,000 court reporters nationwide. In 2010, the median annual wages of bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks were $47,700 ($22.93 per hour). (2). A minimum of a certificate is required for positions though speed and accuracy are the most common determining factors.
Employment Growth: Employment of court reporters is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Those with experience and training in techniques for helping deaf and hard-of-hearing people, such as real-time captioning and Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), will have the best job prospects (2).