Judicial reporters record the testimony, charges, opinions, sentences or other proceedings in a court of law or the proceedings of business and professional conventions by computerized machine shorthand. This work affords interesting mental activity and requires concentration, patience, poise, and good health. Promptness and attention to detail are essential traits. It is a profession offering personal satisfaction, mental stimulation and monetary rewards. The program is approved by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
The national average length of time for completion of the program is 33 months, according to the NCRA.
“NCRA is committed to being the leader in advancing the profession of those who capture and integrate the spoken word into a comprehensive and accurate information base for the benefit of the public and private sectors.”
-National Court Reporters Association
General Requirements and Minimum Standards, August 2003