Court reporters spend a major portion of their work day attending court and administrative hearings, depositions, and other legal proceedings that require written transcripts. They record verbal dialogue using various equipment and provide word-for-word transcripts of these recordings. Some court reports are dedicated to helping those who are hearing impaired by providing real-time translations in classrooms and at various events and meetings. Others work behind the scenes by providing captioning for TV broadcasts.
Advanced education is not necessary to become a court reporter. However, most employers will give preference to applicants who have completed formal training at an accredited technical institute or a community college. Completing a bachelor's degree can open up many more employment and advancement opportunities. Court reports must be detail oriented with strong listening, writing and communication skills.
Do you have a compelling answer as to why you choose a career as a court reporter? What about a compelling answer to why you think you would be a good fit for this role? Can you think of a good enough reply if the interviewer asks you to name your strengths and weaknesses? Giving strong, confident answers is the key to getting hired for this job. To see some of the questions that interviewers typically ask at court report interviews, go to Mock Questions.