February 9-16, 2019 | Celebrating court reporting and captioning 🎉
Court reporters transcribe speech to text during legal proceedings. They attend trials, hearings, depositions, and other legal meetings where it is crucial to create an accurate record of what was said and done. Captioners convert speech to text for television, public events, meetings, classrooms, and more so that people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or need transcription services can understand and follow along.
What’s your fastest typing speed on a QWERTY keyboard? On the special steno keyboard, stenographers can write 225 words per minute and above. They accomplish this by hitting multiple keys at once to capture words and phrases. Compare this to hitting one key at a time on a computer keyboard; the average person reaches 40 words per minute.
Court reporting programs teach students shorthand. Mastery requires hours and hours of practice to build speed while maintaining accuracy. Though schools attract new students every year, retention and graduation rates are low. It’s important to understand that stenographers are NOT simply people who have learned how to type fast – they are highly skilled and dedicated professionals with comprehensive knowledge of technology and the English language.
2017 Median Pay: $55,120 per year (bls.gov)
Approximately 90% female (ncra.org + datausa.io)
Average age of court reporters: 55 (ncra.org)
💡 For more information, visit courtreporteredu.org