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Court Reporters

Also called: Court Reporter, Official Court Reporter, Freelance Court Reporter, Court Stenographer

Where in the Marine Corps? In the Marine Corps: Legal Services Court Reporter; Legalman; Paralegal Specialist

What they do:
Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.
On the job, you would:
  • Record verbatim proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies, committee meetings, and other proceedings, using computerized recording equipment, electronic stenograph machines, or stenomasks.
  • Take notes in shorthand or use a stenotype or shorthand machine that prints letters on a paper tape.
  • Record symbols on computer storage media and use computer aided transcription to translate and display them as text.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • administrative services
  • customer service
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Safety and Government
  • law and government

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • writing things for co-workers or customers
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by writing
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Self Control
  • Independence

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Microsoft Word
Data base user interface and query software
  • Acclaim Legal Acclaim DepoManage
  • Chase Software Solutions Court Reporting Software
Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • Acculaw Court Reporters Billing Scheduling Job Management System ABSMS
  • ReporterWorks

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$49,560
per year, on average
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