Consider a Career Move and Train for a Recession-Proof Profession: Court Reporting

While the recession is hitting jobseekers hard and sending many to the unemployment lines, the court reporting profession is in dire need of new reporters. The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) reports a nationwide shortage of workers. Many assumed that electronic recording equipment would replace the human court reporter. The fact is, technology has increased the demand, and the field is alive and well.

“We have 100 percent job placement of our graduates over the past three years, and students are receiving multiple job offers,” said Marlene Cohen, employment specialist at Orleans Technical Institute, which has a campus in Northeast Philadelphia and offers the only court reporting training program in the tri-state region approved by the NCRA.

There are a broad range of career opportunities available to those trained with stenography skills and “realtime” technology. Court reporters are “guardians of the record,” providing verbatim and instant transcription of court proceedings and depositions, as well as in other exciting professional settings, such as school lectures for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, webcasting, and broadcast captioning. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that jobs in this field will grow 14 percent over the next decade. Full-time salaries are solidly above the U.S. median, according to the NCRA. 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.”

At Orleans Technical Institute, students spend time learning the real-world skills needed to begin a career in the court reporting profession. Whether recent high school graduates or those returning to school, students attending this career school benefit from taking courses that are directly applicable to employment in the field. Instead of spending time and money sampling a variety of liberal arts or business courses, Orleans students receive hands-on training and can quickly dig into learning about every aspect of court reporting. Upon graduation, they are skilled and well-rounded to immediately go to work in the field. Orleans Tech is enrolling now for classes that start in January.

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