At CompuScripts Court Reporters, we like to focus on what we can do for you, our clients. We can schedule reporters locally and nationwide, capture a witness’s deposition on video, or host your videoconference. But today, we’re asking you to do something for us: Encourage the student in your life to become a court reporter.
Why? Because court reporting is a vital part of the legal industry. Whether covering a court or deposition proceeding, reporters are the official guardians of the spoken word. The demand for court reporters is expected to increase by ten percent over the next seven years, so if a young person in your life is searching for a career path, ask the following questions: Do you have good language skills? Are you comfortable with technology? Do you have good keyboard skills? Do you thrive under pressure? Are you interested in managing your own time? Students who answer affirmatively are excellent candidates for court reporting, and in South Carolina, they may embark on a court reporting path as high school freshmen.
Beginning in the ninth grade, a South Carolina student develops an IGP, or Individual Graduation Plan. The IGP is based on the “major” the student chooses from one of 16 career clusters, and it’s designed to help that student choose the type and level of coursework that will prepare him or her for a program of study after high school graduation. Career clusters include such areas of study as Architecture and Construction, Education and Training, and Health Science. Court reporting is found in the Business, Management and Administration cluster. In addition to the core coursework required by the state of South Carolina for graduation, students interested in a court reporting career are also encourage to enroll in elective courses such as information Technology Foundations, Introduction to Law, Business English and Grammar, and Personal Dictionary Development.
Consider the following facts provided by the National Court Reporters Association: Over 100 community and proprietary schools in the United States offer education and training in court reporting. A career in court reporting offers flexible hours, full-time salaries that are above the U.S. median, and certification that can be achieved in two to four years. So if you’re a part of the legal profession, suggest that your favorite student investigate a career in court reporting. We’ll all be glad you did!