When I was in high school, I wanted to be a court reporter. The problem was, it wasn't a widely advertised profession. There were few schools that offered a court reporting program.
I didn't know any court reporters, so I couldn't ask questions that aren't answered by a pamphlet. Is court reporting worth the effort? Is it a good job if you have young children? What types of things do you do as a court reporter?
There is a lot of information about court reporting out there, but sometimes it's easier to talk to an actual reporter who's been there. And if you don't know a court reporter personally, it can be difficult to find answers to your questions.
I've written this article to answer your basic questions about court reporting if you're considering it as a career.
Court reporting doesn't just take place in the courtroom. By being a court reporter, you can work from home as a captioner, be an angel to a student in a classroom, or find out the juicy details of a high profile trial.