Massachusetts residents with an interest in court reporting often wonder if they are in the right state to pursue their goals and dreams. This, however, is a faulty question, as there really is no “right” state or location. It is all about seeing what resources in your chosen career field are available in the state and beyond and then taking advantage of those resources in whatever ways possible.

The good news for Massachusetts residents, however, is that court reporters tend to enjoy lucrative salaries well above the state’s average salary, excellent job security, and good benefits. So, landing one of these jobs, especially in such tough economic times, should be considered a real accomplishment, and it is not something that will come to you without working hard for it.

In terms of educational opportunities for those wishing to becoming court reporters, Massachusetts has plenty. Before you start researching different schools or programs, however, and certainly before you begin filling out applications, it is important that you have a clear idea of what exactly you wish to do in the court reporting field.

Court reporters work in a wide variety of different capacities and job descriptions, and it is important you have a clear idea which one most closely matches up with your goals. The reason is because one you know what you wish to do you can plan your education and other endeavors accordingly.

With that said, a few choices frequently made by Massachusetts residents hoping to become court reporters include American Intercontinental College, located in Springfield; Anna Maria College in Paxton, which offers a multitude of its programs online; Assumption College in Worcester; Bay Path College, located in Longmeadow; Bay State College in Boston; Becker College in Worcester; Berkshire Community College of Pittsfield; Bridgewater State College; Bristol Community College, located in Fall River; Bunker Hill Community College in Boston; Cape Cord Community College of West Barnstable.

Clark University at Worcester; Curry College, located in Milton; Dean College in Franklin; Eastern Nazarene College at Quincy; Elms College, located in Chicopee; Endicott College at Beverly; Fisher College in Boston; Fitchburg State College; Greenfield Community College; Holyoke Community College, offering many of its programs online; Marian Court College, located in Swampscott; Massachusetts Bay Community College, located in Wellellesley Hills; Massasoit Community College, located in Brockton.

Middlesex Community College in Bedford; Mildred Elley in Pittsfield; Mount Ida College in Newton; Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner; Newbury College in Brookline; Nichols College, located in Dudley; North Shore Community College in Danvers; Northeastern University of Boston, with some programs offered online; Northern Essex Community College, located in Haverhill, and also offering some of its programs online; Quincy College.

Qunsigamond Community College in Worcester, with many of its programs offered online; Roxbury Community College; Salem State College; Springfield College; Springfield Technical Community College; Suffolk University in Boston; The Salter School, located in Maiden; the University of Phoenix at Braintree; Western New England College in Springfield; Westfield State University; and Worcester State College.

As you may have noticed, many of the schools listed above offer online options, something that is becoming more and more common in today’s busy, technological world. Keep in mind that there also exist many fully online schools, located all over the world, which you can choose to attend as a Massachusetts resident if you so desire.

Online schools tend to be cheaper than traditional colleges or universities and allow you great flexibility in planning your schedule and attending classes, if necessary at all. Just make sure that any school you attend is fully accredited.