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About This Career

Uses verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Legal Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Records verbatim proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies, committee meetings, and other proceedings, using computerized recording equipment, electronic stenograph machines, or stenomasks.
  • Proofreads transcripts for correct spelling of words.
  • Asks speakers to clarify inaudible statements.
  • Transcribes recorded proceedings in accordance with established formats.
  • Provides transcripts of proceedings upon request of judges, lawyers, or the public.
  • Logs and stores exhibits from court proceedings.
  • Files a legible transcript of records of a court case with the court clerk's office.
  • Files and stores shorthand notes of court session.
  • Responds to requests during court sessions to read portions of the proceedings already recorded.
  • Verifies accuracy of transcripts by checking copies against original records of proceedings and accuracy of rulings by checking with judges.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR)
  • Court Recording Monitor
  • Court Stenographer
  • Deposition Reporter
  • Digital Court Reporter
  • Official Court Reporter
  • Realtime Court Reporter
  • Stenographer — Takes dictation in shorthand and transcribes dictated material.
  • Court Monitor


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