Many people want work flexibility these days. As career options only seem to slim down in this ever-crowded space with everyone jostling for a better foothold, elbowing one another out of the way so they can throw a hand up, saying, “Here! I’m here!”, perhaps a casual or part-time job to supplement bills can help.
Court reporting is one of those jobs. It can certainly be a full-time position, but many people start on a part-time basis just to get their toes wet. The industry has grown 25 percent over the past decade, most likely because of the increase in litigation, though closed-captioning for television and for the hard of hearing is also a factor that could have played into the demand.
Here are some of the pros and cons for those of you who are looking to get into this industry:
- If you are legally-minded, this is work you will find very interesting. You’ll learn legal terminology, be surrounded by legal cases, and become an important part of legal proceedings.
- There is a great bump in pay if you are willing to work hard. The top echelon can make upward of $90K a year, though the median is around $48.5K for a full-time employee.
- You will be able to work anywhere. The career is portable and can go from courthouse to boardroom to deposition.
- Your training can be completed in two years or fewer. How’s that for quick training?
- You will have very strange, long work hours; and a lot of them will be doing transcription.
- Most of those hours will be sitting down.
- Accuracy is key. If you don’t have an almost 100-percent accuracy rate, then you won’t be able to do this job.
- Certification requirements do vary by state, so while your career is very portable within state lines, it might not be portable over state lines.
Deciding whether to pursue a new career can be daunting, and getting help is a wise decision. That’s why companies like Orange Legal exist — to help people who want to get their foot in the door at different companies. We don’t just get your foot in the door, though. We help you walk right inside and start working.