Would you like a career where you only need a two year degree and can earn six figures? Our own Constance Lee did just that with this court reporting business. We’re not here to brag. We’re here to share the benefits of court reporting that include not graduating with a mountain of debt and enter a career with a lot of earning power.
Court Reporting Myth #1: It’s a dying profession.
While there may be less need in courtrooms (and that’s an arguable point depending on where in the country you live), there are a growing number of opportunities outside the legal field. This is far from a dying profession!
Businesses are hiring reporters to transcribe video, webinars, and live seminars along with press events and radio interviews. Not to mention opportunities for real-time reporting at professional sporting events for the New York Mets and Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and other teams, even the Super Bowl. Lastly, there is legislation pending that would require services for the deaf and hard of hearing in public schools at all levels across the nation.
Court Reporting Myth #2: It’s a low paying gig.
By 2018, it’s estimated that there will be a shortage of more than 5,000 court reporters. What does that mean for newbies? It means there’s a great demand for services and little supply so your earning potential is greater than in other careers.
Like with any profession, you need to get your experience but the path to a six figure salary is closer than it would be if you went into other jobs with a two year degree.
Court Reporting Myth #3: You will never earn six figures.
In her CBS Pittsburgh interview, our own Constance Lee tells viewers she made $240,000 last year and took home about half after paying expenses and taxes. That’s not bad for having a two year degree! And it’s well over the average of $35,000 – $75,000 reported to Payscale for the top 50 two year schools.
The lesson? If you’re seeking a career in a rewarding field that won’t have you paying student loans until you’re retired, we ask you to consider court reporting!