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Shortage Of Qualified Court Reporters Predicted Over The Next 5 Years

Earlier this year, an independent study by the National Court Reporting Association determined that the demand for court reporters in the U.S. will exceed supply within five years by more 5,000 possible positions.  To help meet this demand, the NCRA is preparing a national campaign to educate individuals looking for a solid career, significant earning potential, flexibility and job security with a career as a court reporter.

A career in court reporting allows for freedom and flexibility through a variety of possible career options, including:

  • Freelance Court Reporter
  • Real-Time Court Reporter
  • Broadcast Captioning for Television
  • Educational Reporting (Communication Access Real-Time Translation – CART)
  • Political Reporter
  • Cyber-Conferencing Specialist
  • Real-Time Webcasting

The average starting salary for court reporters is $45,000/year, with earning potential in the six figure range, with the flexibility of working from home. If you would like to learn more about having a career as a court reporter, or tour the campus, please call us at 1-877-682-5601,

Sumner College is the only NCRA (National Court Reporting Association) certified school in the state of Oregon, and we have been successfully educating students in the Portland area for exciting career fields since 1974. We’re committed to helping you complete your education and succeed in your chosen career field. Our programs are designed with your busy and demanding lifestyle in mind. If you’re looking to start a career in court reporting, Sumner College can help. Our career services department provides guidance with résumés, cover letters, court reporting job searching, and interviewing techniques.

For more information about our program, please contact us by using the form to the right or visit our court reporter page. You can also call us directly at 1-877-682-5601 or chat with using the icon to the left of this page.

A recent study by WalletHub*, ranked Oregon as the #1 state in the USA for nurses. The criteria used to determine rank included 15 key metrics that speak to the job opportunities, competition and job projections for nurses.  In fact, according to John S. Kierman, the job outlook is projected to grow at a faster than average pace through 2022.  I thought it was also interesting that our neighboring state of Washington was ranked #2 by the WalletHub review.

   (Source: http://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-for-nurses/4041/)

Overall Rank

State Name

Opportunity Rank

Competition Rank

Work Environment Rank

1

Oregon

2

5

1

2

Washington

4

6

12

3

South Dakota

1

17

15

4

Arizona

9

4

22

5

New Mexico

20

3

28

6

Alaska

37

1

5

7

Wyoming

22

2

42

8

Minnesota

5

47

1

9

Texas

8

11

36

10

Maryland

30

10

20

This is great news for individuals who currently work in the healthcare field as nurses or individuals looking for a career as a nurse, whether they live in Oregon or not.

If you’ve decided to take the next step in becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse, the first step is to determine which college is the right choice for you.  Sumner College has been training students for successful careers since 1974.  You can contact the Barbur Blvd campus at 503-223-5100, or the Cascade Station campus at 503-972-6230 to schedule an appointment. You’ll be able to get answers to all your questions, such as the requirements to be accepted into the program, transferring prior college credits, financial aid, and the upcoming start dates. If you are considering moving to the Portland area, our Student Services can assist you in finding living arrangements and part time employment. Visit us on the web at www.sumnercollege.edu.

*References:

Kiernan, J. (2014, May 28). 2014′s Best & Worst States For Nurses. . Retrieved June 9, 2014, from http://www.evolutionfinance.com/

A number of factors have contributed to the growing demand for trained, skilled professionals to fill court reporter jobs – the number of lawsuits and cases in the U.S. court system continues to rise, new federal regulations affecting traditional broadcast media and the Internet have been added recently, and the rising age of the population in the U.S. means there are more individuals who need real-time transcription services.

What do court reporters do?
Court reporters work primarily for courts and government agencies on the local, state and federal level. They create verbatim transcriptions at trials, depositions, administrative hearings and other legal proceedings to be used during the trial and as part of the court record.

How to become a court reporter
Depending upon where you live, the state may require court reporters working in legal settings to be licensed. If you are interested in becoming a court reporter, you have many options available. You may choose to receive formal training at a community college, technical institute or court reporting school, all of which may offer programs that lead to a certificate or an Associate degree in court reporting.

Where do court reporters work?
Working in a courtroom is not the only place a court reporter may find employment. In addition to working for law firms, professionals can find positions in corporate America as part of a legal department. In addition, because television programming requires closed captioning, the skills a court reporter develops are also essential to network and cable broadcasters.

The need for professional court reporters in other industries has grown as the population of the country ages. With more people who are growing deaf or hard of hearing, there is a greater need for reporting services at public events, business meetings and in classrooms.

If you want to work for yourself, you can become a freelance court reporter. In addition to working for court reporting services, you can work in an “as-needed” capacity for smaller courts, legal firms and businesses that don’t have the need for a full-time court reporter. Working as a freelancer offers you flexibility and the chance to build your own clientele.

The job outlook for court reporters
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the number of court reporter jobs will rise by 10 percent over the next decade. Becoming a court reporter can be an interesting and rewarding career choice, offering the potential for good pay, stability and great working conditions. The median annual wage for court reporters was $48,160 in May 2012.

This week (February 17 – 24) is National Court Reporter and Captioning Week.  Faculty and students at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas received great news coverage by KIII-TV.  This news story highlights how great the career is, and what kind of education is needed. It doesn’t matter if you are in Texas, the points are all valid no matter what state you live in.  Take a look and share with anyone that might interested in this career, looking for a program or is just looking to understand what court reporters do.

Click this link to view the news story: National Court Reporters and Captioning Week-Great News Coverage by KIII-TV (Corpus Christi,TX)

If you or someone you know lives in Oregon and would like additional information about a court reporting program, visit the Court Reporting page at Sumner College. Sumner College is the only nationally accredited court reporting program in Oregon.  The school has been preparing court reporting professionals since 1974. It’s a challenging and very rewarding career that allows you to be a part of business exchanges, law, politics, sports, broadcast television and more. There are many avenues that professionally trained court reporters can get into. Learn more today by posting your questions on this blog post, visiting the Court Reporting page at Sumner College, or calling Sumner College at 1-877-682-5601.

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