For Michigan residents who dream of becoming court reporters, it is time to stop dreaming and to start doing! Becoming a court reporter is something that you most definitely can accomplish, but you have to be willing to work for it. Know, though, that all of your hard work will pay off in the end.

Court reporters in the state make higher than average salaries and enjoy excellent job security, something that is particularly hard to come by in these difficult economic times. So, if you think you have what it takes to earn a spot as a court reporter, then simply follow our four easy steps to success.

1. Research and Make a Plan:

Before you can embark on the path toward becoming a court reporter, you have to first know about which job you would like to have in the field. And you can’t know about the various jobs available, and there are many, in court reporting until you research the field itself. So, do some thorough research, being sure to note jobs you are interested in having and what their requirements are. Once you know this information, planning your education around it will be incredibly easy.

2. Time for School:

As with most worthwhile career endeavors, your journey toward becoming the person that you have always wanted to be begins with formal schooling. Different jobs in the field will, of course, require different levels of education. For some, a simple associate’s degree, most commonly earned at a two year community college or in some cases at a trade or technical school, is sufficient to work in the field. Other jobs will prefer a bachelor’s degree or have their own specific training requirements. Remember, you can earn a degree in court reporting or in any related area and still find your own success in the field.

3. Get Licensed:

Once you have your education, you will probably be eager to get right to work. Not so fast, though! The state of Michigan does require its court reporters to be licensed in order to work. All that licensing entails, however, is the passing of an examination that is quite similar in nature and design to the RPR. Do make sure that you study carefully for this exam and try your best to pass it on the first try, because it costs a nice chunk of change each time you take it, and multiple failures will not look good to potential employers. Taking a special review class beforehand, a class which is focused specially on the licensing exam, is a wise choice.

4. Consider Certifications:

In addition to your licensure, remember too that there are lots of different certification programs that you can consider attending. These programs, which are offered by a wide variety of granting institutions and bodies, are great ways to increase your knowledge and expertise in certain areas of court reporting.

In addition to increasing your knowledge and expertise, these certificates can also increase your salary and your chances for promotion, so they are definitely worth your while.

So, there, you have it. Four very simple steps to success as a court reporter. It is up to you, however, to carry out these steps. Keep in mind that while they might sound easy on paper, they will require quite a bit of effort and hard work on your part.

However, nothing worth having will ever come easily, and a job as a court reporter certainly is worth having. So, work hard for what you want and never give up on your goals.