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Last week was the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) 2017 Court Reporting and Captioning Week. The organization celebrates the hard work court reporters do all year by highlighting a career that often goes unnoticed by the general public.
Which leads me to ask: How much do you know about court reporting?
Quality court reporters are needed now more than ever. At Donovan Reporting, we believe sharing our profession with others helps spread awareness of a rewarding career path. And what better way to do so than to hear from some of our own.
I can honestly say that court reporting changed my life, not only financially, but personally as well. After all, I met my wonderful husband in the courtroom! But that came well into my career. Even before then, I realized that by taking the leap of faith and going to court reporting school, I would never again have to worry about where I was going to find my next job or how I would pay my bills. I knew from my very first day that this was the career for me, and I still do!
This month, I asked some of our in-house reporters to share with you why they love what they do. You’ll see their quotes below along with some fun facts about court reporting.
Court reporters are also called “guardians of the record.” This is because of their impartiality and role within the judicial system: to capture every spoken word during a court or deposition proceeding.
When I first started, I thought of court reporting as a career where I would get to meet all kinds of people, hear some interesting stories, see the law in action, and apply a very unique craft to make some decent money. Here I am, nearly 10 years later! I really enjoy the people I get to meet and know, especially the memorable deponents. I love the varied pace of the job, never knowing what to expect, yet always remaining busy. -Joel P. Moyer, RPR, CRR
Court reporters earn an average of $64,000 a year, depending on where you live, certifications earned, type of jobs done, and prior experience.
Court reporting has so many different things to offer. I love that I get to go to different locations for depositions and hear about all kinds of subject matter. It’s definitely the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, but I really enjoy it! – Jennifer D. Hamon, CCR
There are more than 150 court reporter training programs in the nation, including proprietary schools, community colleges, and four-year universities. Many of these programs also offer distance-learning options.
At Donovan Reporting, our court reporters are the backbone of our operation, and there’s always room for a few more!