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Certified Shorthand Reporter

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Certified shorthand reporters transcribe passages from notes taken of dictated records or legal proceedings. These professionals perform a range of services—court reporting, freelance reporting, and real-time reporting such as closed captioning of live events.


Option 1: High school diploma or equivalent


Option 2: Technical study in shorthand reporting from a postsecondary school or private institution


as a full-time verbatim shorhand reporter

For education option 1: 5 years of experience required


For education option 2: 3 years of experience required


Passing score on an examination satisfactory to the State Board for Certified Shorthand Reporting. Current exam information: Registered Professional Reporter examination

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $57,150 in the U.S., $102,400 in NY
  • Salary range: $56,100-$109,360
  • An estimated 5,500 court reporter jobs are available in the U.S., plus opportunities outside the court system

2013-2014 Court Reporting Industry Outlook Report; jobs and salaries may vary by region.

Where Could I Work?

  • Court system
  • Legal proceedings
  • Sporting and other live events
  • Television and movies

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Grammar & punctuation
  • Knowledge of medical, legal, and/or business terminology
  • Technology
  • Ability to operate a stenotype

Professional Skills

  • Independence
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication
  • Stress tolerance
  • Dependability

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a certfied shorthand reporter about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020