In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Creating word-for-word written records of everything spoken at trials and other legal proceedings.
- May also work in non-court settings, such as producing captioning for television, or real-time written translation for deaf or hard-of-hearing people in business meetings, schools, and at public events.
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Typically requires a post-secondary certificate or associate degree. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree can make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this career pathway, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Your associate degree might give you advanced standing or transfer credit towards a bachelor’s degree, reducing the time it would take you to graduate.
Certification may be required for work in legal proceedings, depending on the state. 22 states accept or require the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) credential from The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) for state certification. Many states also accept certification from the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA). Other states may have their own certification processes.
Licensure is required in some states, depending on the method of reporting or captioning.