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There are two basic fields of court reporting (stenography and voice recording), but they achieve the same purpose. As a court reporter, your job is to document everything that takes place within the courtroom. Often, attorneys, judges, clients, and the public need to refer to earlier statements, evidence, or testimony. Your official record allows them to do this.
Trials take weeks. Companies feud daily. Crimes happen all the time. What all this means is that demand for court reporting is pretty high. Employment for court reporters is expected to grow 25 percent in the coming years. The other good news is that you will rarely suffer from boredom. And the pay isn't shabby either. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median salary is $45,000, with freelance work often making significantly more.