Location(s) of Program: Forrest County Campus, Hancock Campus
Brief Description of Program: Real-time reporters create word-for-word transcripts of speeches, conversations, legal proceedings, meetings, or other events. Realtime reporters play a critical role in legal proceedings which require an exact record of what was said. They are responsible for producing a complete, accurate, and secure legal transcript of courtroom proceedings, witness testimonies, and depositions. Some real-time reporters, however, do not work in the legal setting or in courtrooms. These reporters primarily serve people who are deaf or hard of hearing by transcribing speech to text as the speech occurs.
Essential Requirements of a person in this career field:The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) offers certification for real-time reporters who use the steno machine. The entry-level examination is the Registered Professional Examination (RPR). Candidates must attain a score of 70 or greater on the Written Knowledge Test designed to test their knowledge of reporting the verbatim record, transcript production including vocabulary and punctuation, medical terminology, technology, procedures, professional responsibilities, and ethics. Candidates must pass the Skills Test consisting of the dictation and transcription of three five-minute test segments with an accuracy of 95 percent on each. The segments consist of a 180 word-per-minute literary, a 200 word-per-minute jury charge, and a 225 word-per-minute two-voice question and answer.
What a student can expect from a career in this field: Students will learn the skills to sit for the NCRA certification and become employed as real-time court reporters and stenographers.
Possible earnings of jobs in this career field: Court Reporters require an education level of a post-secondary career and technical certificate. There is a 24.39% increase in occupational demand at the regional level and a 39.68% increase at the state level. Median annual income for court reporters is $51,833.60 at the state level.