Many people don’t know what a court reporter is and even more so have never even heard of a court reporter. I would say court reporters have one of the neatest jobs ever, but I may be a bit bias. Let me tell you some of the great perks we have and you be the judge.
1. Depending on how hard you work and how often you are trying to grow yourself as a court reporter, you could be presented some awesome opportunities. History is made every single day in courtrooms, how awesome would it be to be part of it.
2. You work on your own time 90% of the time. As an independent contractor working for a court reporting agency or even your own agency, your work schedule is on your own time. Of course you’re only paid for jobs you do so flexibility and availability are the key to success. There are also plenty of government entities with a set schedule if you’re looking for a more stable schedule with benefits.
3. Court reporting allows you to have your space and be social. You’ll meet a ton of people – lawyers, paralegals, witnesses, and judges. You will hear everyone’s business and learn a lot. While it’s obvious that you must remain unbiased and more or less seen and not heard during official proceedings, you still must build and maintain relationships. If your turnaround time is fast and court has never waited on you, you can guarantee yourself more jobs to come.
Those are just a few awesome perks of being a court reporter. If you’re interested in becoming a court reporter, do some research and give it a try.