Criminal Justice, Law & Security
Court Reporting

If you're fascinated by the legal system and court proceedings and fancy yourself a fast typer and good listener, a Court Reporting degree or certification course may be a great fit.

Types of Degrees

Court Reporting students typically pursue an associate degree or certification course, with either option lasting no more than two years. Programs typically include coursework in court reporting procedures, dictation, various voice writing technologies, and legal procedures and terminology. Ultimately, the goal is to be able to perform two-voice transcription at 225 words per minute with a 95 percent accuracy rate.

Admission Requirements

A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in English, communications, and typewriting coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Scores from college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT may be required for entrance into an associate degree program, but not for most certification programs. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a specific school.

Career Opportunities After Earning A Court Reporting Degree Or Certification

The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree or certification in Court Reporting include:

  • Court Reporter
  • Simultaneous Captioner
  • Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Post Graduate Salary Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Court Reporter was $60,130 in 2019. (1)

Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.


  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.

Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.