Becoming a Court Reporter in Texas
(Is Court Reporting a good career?)
Have you ever wondered what the secret is behind how a court reporter uses their stenograph machine to record testimony? Do you find yourself fascinated by the speed at which court typists take down what is happening during court proceedings, without breaking a sweat? If you work or have a relative currently in legal, I bet you have thought about becoming a certified court reporter at least once.
The profession allows most court stenographers to be independent contractors, which permits them to take as many or as few jobs as their schedules allow. Remote deposition services are becoming more prevalent as we continue to progress after the pandemic. In result, it has become popular among court reporters to work completely remote and pick up virtual depositions through Zoom or Webex.
Many also work for the courts (called a “judicialship”), which means they have more steady hours and receive benefits (not usually afforded the 1099 contractor). Some stenographers are also dedicated employees of a court reporting agency or firm which provide benefits and other perks.
When asking how much a court reporter makes, it really depends on which role you choose to fill and how much you want to work. If you are busy and sell lots of copies of your transcripts, you could easily be in the six-figure range.
Official court reporters use a steno/stenograph writer machine to key in the questions and answers during an oral deposition, hearing, mediation, arbitration or trial. The court keyboard only has 22 keys (as opposed to a normal computer keyboard, which has between 70 and 105 keys).
To be a courtroom stenographer, you must go through an extensive court reporter program that could take two or more years to complete to learn how to use the combination of keys on the steno machine. In order to pass the certification exam, they must type a minimum of 225 wpm (words per minute).
Check out these court reporting schools in Texas: https://www.txcourts.gov/jbcc/court-reporters-certification/court-reporting-schools.aspx
The state requirements to start your career as a court reporter in Texas are located at https://www.txcourts.gov/jbcc/court-reporters-certification/.
Let us know if you or someone you know decide to take on the title as a court reporter. We are always looking for successful team members!
Check out our Court Reporting Services page: https://tlc-texas.com/legal-services/court-reporting-transcriptions-and-videography/