Court reporters usually need either a two- or four-year degree or appropriate certification and are responsible for ensuring that the legal record is complete, accurate and secure. Because of the importance of the work, court reporters need to have a very high attention to detail and accuracy. They must have excellent listening skills and a solid grasp of English grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. For those who work in court rooms, expert knowledge of legal terminology and procedure is essential.
While state requirements can vary, court reporters need at least a two- or four-year postsecondary school degree, with the best opportunities available for those with certification. They work in a courtroom settings, taking depositions in attorneys� offices and all levels of government agency proceedings.
Stenographers can also find jobs working for television networks, captioning live programming. Since federal legislation mandates that all new television programs must be captioned for the deaf and hard-of-hearing by 2006, the corresponding need for stenographers is increasing.
Court reporters usually work in comfortable conditions, spending much of their work time in court rooms and law offices. There are many excellent career colleges that teach the use of stenography equipment, as well as the special skills court reporters and stenographers need in order to become successful in their field.
courtesy of Career Explorer