If you have serious goals of becoming a court reporter in and/or for the state of Texas, then there are certain things that you should know. The more that you do know about this industry, the more likely it is that you will be able to get a good start in it.
And a good start usually equals a very long and successful career in the field. This is something that you definitely want to aspire to too, since court reporters in the state enjoy salaries that are well above the state average, and excellent job security, even in our troubled economic waters.
The first step you should take in your journey toward becoming a court reporter is to research the industry in general.
Familiarize yourself with the nature of the water, what is expected of court reporters, what their typical daily working schedules and responsibilities are like, what salary these professionals make, and perhaps most importantly, the many different ways in which they can work and the specific educational and/or training requirements necessary for each job, especially those you are interested in possibly pursuing yourself in the future.
If you know what you will need to do for each specific career, it will be easy to eventually build your educational path around the career that you wish to have.
When all the research is done, it is important to take a moment and to do some serious thinking and self analysis before you take the plunge and start looking for schools or training programs, whichever your career choice dictates. You need to look at all the requirements that lie ahead of you and at what working in the field will really be like, and you need to compare these things, realistically, to your own strengths and weaknesses.
Make sure that you are entering into this particular job and industry for the right reasons, not just because the salary is good or the benefits can’t be beat, but because you truly love the work and think you have what it takes to excel at it.
When you are absolutely certain that you have what it takes to get, keep, and enjoy a career in court reporting, then you are ready to start looking at different schools and educational programs in the state. The good news for you is that, no matter what you want to do in the field, Texas will have a school or a training program that can help you to do it.
The state is absolutely brimming with fine community colleges, trade and technical schools, traditional colleges and universities, and even in state based online colleges and universities with programs in court reporting and in related areas as well.
When you choose a school, you will want to make sure that the school is fully accredited in the state. The reason for this is because you cannot get an actual degree or an education that is worth much of anything from an unaccredited school.
Anything that you do happen to “earn” from such an institution will be essentially useless to you in the industry, and will only serve as a reminder of your wasted time, money, and energy. Avoid falling into this trap by carefully researching any school that you are seriously thinking of attending, and by taking the time to read up on its reputation and to check its accreditation status out for yourself.
Remember, if you want the best possible career in the field, you should aim for the best possible education, and this can only come from an accredited school.
You might also think about trying to enroll in a school that has been certified and approved by the National Court Reporters Association. While not attending such a school will not make it hard for you to find a job in the field, attending one can make it a whole lot easier.
Plus, graduates of certified schools tend to enjoy higher starting salaries and are often better trained and thus advance more quickly, promotionally, than those who attended regular, uncertified schools. The choice, though, is up to you, so just remember to do what you feel is best for you.