Court Reporter

Career Overview

Court reporters listen to various legal proceedings (trials, depositions) and create a word-for-word written transcription.


Completing a program in court reporting may be necessary to obtain these positions. These programs are typically offered through colleges. Some on-the-job training will also be required.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$28,000 /yr
$48,000 /yr
$75,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Writing
  • Communication
Work Environment

Most court reporters work for state or local government in courts or legislatures. However, some work from either their home or a central office providing broadcast captioning for television stations or for hard-of-hearing individuals.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Those with experience and training in techniques for helping deaf or hard-of-hearing people, such as real-time captioning and Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), will have the best job prospects.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada