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.
Registered Nurse Program Information Session
Date: Friday, December 21st
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Barbur Campus | 8909 SW Barbur Blvd., Suite 100 | Portland, Oregon
Due to limited seating, you MUST RSVP by completing the form on the right, and note “RSVP 12/21 Info Session” in the comment box before submitting.
Please Review the Follow Items Before the Meeting:
1. Sumner College RN Program Information Packet
2. Sumner College FAQs
3. Sumner College Registered Nursing Program Application
Things to Know:
- The Sumner College RN Program in Portland, Oregon will only be offered at the new second location at Cascade Station.
- TEAS Testing will begin November 15th at the Barbur Campus in Portland, Oregon. Refer to the application to schedule a time.
- We recommend purchasing a TEAS Test Study Manual, and devoting at least three weeks to studying.
- Retaking the TEAS Test is allowed 30 days after your previous testing date.
- The study manual can be purchased from Sumner College for $55.
We have received a lot of questions in the past few weeks, and we hope this information session will provide clarity about the program and selection process.
Topics That Will Be Covered:
- Introduction of: College President, Director of Education, RN Program Director, and Director of Admissions.
- Application & Selection Process
- TEAS Testing & Required Essays
- Transfer Credits
- Course Curriculum & Schedules
- Class hours & Travel Time
- Clinical Experiences
- Immunization & Background Checks
- Physical Requirements
- RN Student Success – what to expect & what we expect
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Please come prepared with questions. There will be 15 minutes for Q&A. Feel
free to submit your questions ahead of time to RNAdmissions@SumnerCollege.edu.
Sumner College has been approved by the Oregon State Board of Nursing to offer a Registered Nursing Program. Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 cohort that starts on February 27, 2013. There are only 24 seats available for 2013.
The Associate Degree in Registered Nursing program will be offered at the new second campus, located just off Airport Way in Cascade Station. The Practical Nursing program will be offered at both the Cascade Station and the main Barbur Campus.
The application, program information, as well as TEAS Test Information can found on the Sumner College Registered Nursing Page.
Here’s a sneak peak at the Cascade Station Campus that is set to open in February 2013.