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Court Reporting: Let your Fingers Do the Work!
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Debbie Bello

Admissions Director

Debbie Bello is a Cherry Hill resident and has worked at Orleans Technical Institute for nearly 10 years.

 
By Debbie Bello
Published on June 24, 2008
 
If you are creative, selfmotivated and good with language, then the high-tech field of court reporting might be for you.

Growing Profession Has Expanded Beyond Courtrooms to Technology World of Realtime

If you are creative, self-motivated and good with language, then the high-tech field of court reporting might be for you. With advances in technology, todays court reporters are information managers who work in the legal community and can also provide instant communication access for people with hearing loss.

The demand for court reporters continues to soar as legal cases crowd the courts. Those trained with stenography skills are not only highly valued by attorneys and the court system, but also essential to broadcasting companies who are required by law to have television programming closed-captioned for the 28 million Americans who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Schools and businesses also rely on trained court reporters for real-time capturing and transcripts of lectures, speeches and meetings.

The Department of Labor reports that court reporting job openings continue to outnumber jobseekers. The field offers great benefits, such as flexible schedules, exciting work environments and financial security. Opportunities in this profession are endless court reporters can travel or work remotely from home. Forbes.com included court reporting among its report of Surprising Six- Figure Jobs, noting a national median salary of $62,000 annually, though it tops $100,000 in many cities.

Orleans Technical Institute provides an Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) degree program in court reporting, and is the only school in the tri-state region that is approved according to the high standards of the National Court Reporters Association. Orleans has 100 percent job placement of those available for placement.

The school has a brand new campus on Red Lion Road in Northeast Philadelphia, just minutes from New Jersey. Graduates are prepared to record trial proceedings, depositions, conventions, board meetings, live television broadcasts, college classes-any occasion where speech must be captured as it is spoken.

Discover why a career in court reporting is vital, exciting, and rewarding, with coast-to-coast opportunities at your fingertips. Call Orleans Technical Institute at 215-728-4700 or visit www.orleanstech.edu. September classes are enrolling now. Orleans is operated by JEVS Human Services, a not-for-profit organization that provides a broad range of employment and training programs to the Delaware Valley.

Variety Of Career Opportunities In Court Reporting

Trained court reporters develop highly marketable skills for a variety of professional settings:

Courtrooms

There are an estimated 50,000 court reporters in the United States. Court reporters are employed by the government as official court reporters or work as independent contractors with a court reporting firm.

Earnings: average of about $65,000 a year.

Broadcast Captioning

The unique skills that court reporters learn can be applied to the exciting world of television. Court reporters provide closed captioning of news, live broadcasts, entertainment, sports, and other programming for those who are deaf or hardof- hearing.

Earnings: range from $45,000 to $75,000.

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation)

Court reporters ability to capture spoken words instantly enables them to provide personalized services to the hearing-impaired community. CART reporters accompany clients as neededfor example, to college classes-to provide an instant conversion of speech into text using the stenotype machine linked to a laptop computer.

Earnings: averages up to $65,000 per year.

Source: National Court Reporters Association • www.bestfuture.com