When it comes to becoming a court reporter in the state of Kentucky, there are actually few laws governing who can become a court reporter and what they must do in order to become one. This is both good and bad for prospective court reporters in the state.
It is good in that it keeps everyone from having to merely fulfill the same boring requirements, but it is bad in that a lot of people lack a clear focus or a clear idea of what it is they have to do to reach their career goals.
In general, in a state so lax on rules and regulations, the best thing that a person interested in this career field can do is to determine, first and foremost, the exact type of court reporter that he or she wishes to be. After this, the court reporter can find a few workplaces that he or she is interested and can contact them directly to find out what they require of their employees.
This should give the court reporter hopeful a good idea of what kind of education (level, major, etc.) to pursue in order to reach his or her career goals.
Though there are no schools specifically made for court reporting students and certainly no schools certified by the National Court Reporters Association in the state of Kentucky, there are still a lot of good colleges and universities, including community colleges, offering programs in and related to court reporting and the judicial system in general.
Keep in mind, too that schooling can always be obtained online for those who have very specific goals in mind. Remember, once again, that your education has to match your career goals, so the degree one person will need to succeed may be very different from the degree another person will need. For some, an associate’s degree is sufficient, while others will need a full on bachelor’s degree.
Once an education has been obtained, qualified individuals can go out and start applying for jobs right away. Fortunately, there is a severe shortage of courtroom reporters in the state of Kentucky. The reasons this is good news is because it means that those qualified to work in the field will almost immediately be snatched up and placed into good jobs where they are appreciated and enjoy excellent job security and lucrative pay.
So, living in a state that does not have as many options for prospective court reporters can actually have its benefits, such as far less competition and greater appreciation for the work that you are able to do.
Remember that every person’s career path toward becoming a court reporter will look slightly different. This is especially true in Kentucky where people basically have to paste together their training, finding and using the best resources they possibly can. However, as long as you stay true to yourself and your career goals on your path, you should be met with real success in the long run.