If you live in the state of Alaska and are interested in possibly pursuing a career as a court reporter, then you will be glad to know that this is quite the booming industry in the state. Court reporters earn lucrative salaries, and the work is considered fairly easy and consistent. Plus, most court reporters enjoy excellent benefits and, better yet, good job security.
All of these are things that are very hard to come by in today’s economy, so it is no wonder that more and more people are hopping on board and saying they wish to become court reporters. Unfortunately, not everyone has what it takes to see their dream through to the end.
Becoming a court reporter is not as easy as most people think that it is. It requires its professionals to have, first and foremost, a high school diploma or its equivalent and then, from there, some kind of formal higher education and/or training, depending upon the exact type of court reporter they wish to be.
Generally, schooling for becoming a court reporter can take anywhere from one to three years, depending upon the exact job title hoped for, the institution, and the rate at which the student is able to take courses.
Even after a person graduates, however, his or her journey toward becoming a court reporter is not over. The competition for these jobs is tough, and it is important that they do something to make themselves stand out above the competition. The easiest way to do this is by seeking out a certification, either from a school or a professional organization.
A variety of certifications exist, each taking its own unique amount of time to complete as well as having its own requirements, but they all serve the same purpose- to show that you have extensive training and/or knowledge in a specific area of court reporting.
These certifications are a great way to be considered for an advancement at work or to get hired for a specialized position. Even though they are not really a requirement in the field, they essentially are, since just about every court reporter will have at least one.
Keep in mind too that court reporting and being a court reporter is essentially a lifetime commitment to learning. While not that much formal schooling is required, court reporters have to stay up to speed on the latest developments in the legal system, with new technologies being used in the courtroom, and with changes to their role in the judicial system.
The only way to do this is by continuing to learn, through required opportunities given by the workplace and through courses and lectures sought out on one’s own. In any case, learning is an important part of the job.
As such, only those who are truly serious about court reporting and about making it a longtime career and not just a job should bother going to school and entering into this demanding but rewarding profession.