Ducker Worldwide released a report indicating a shortage of more than 5,000 court reporters by 2018 and within five years the demand will exceed the supply. Not only that but the average age of a court reporter is about 53 years old while the average age for American workers is a decade younger. That means we need younger people entering this field and we need to be serving current clients with high quality customer care. We literally can’t afford for them to retire early.
That’s no easy task considering court reporting schools are going out of business faster than we can count. It’s especially troubling in rural areas where they could not only experience a shortage but a lack of court reporters.
While the court reporter shortage may sound like doom and gloom for the industry, we think we can support and grow interest in this field.
What does the shortage that mean to us? It means delivering high quality customer service to our attorneys and taking care of our court reporters. No one wants to work where they aren’t appreciated and clients don’t want to work with you unless you’re passionate about what you do.
Our mission is to create an environment that attracts the best court reporters and matches them with the attorneys who need them most. That’s a win-win for everyone.
The starting salary for court reporters according to Ducker is $43,000 and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates salaries to grow 14% per year through 2020. This is due in part to the economic principle of supply in demand; when supply is low and demand is high the price, in this case salary, increases.
This increase in salaries should make it more attractive for people to enter the field.
As an industry I often wonder if (or what) we’re communicating about our industry. The earning potential is high and there’s no degree required. It should make it attractive for detail and career oriented job seekers.
Most court reporters are freelance which means they can work as much or as little as they’d like, basically setting their own earning potential. If they land on the right case(s), they can make over six figures.
Court reporting is enticing to someone who wants to earn a good income while still having freedom to travel or work on their own projects. While it doesn’t happen overnight, the option to pursue that lifestyle is certainly available.
It’s a matter of communicating through our networks including in-person, e-newsletters, and via social media channels especially with the looming court reporter shortage.
We need to help ourselves spread the word about the benefits of being a court reporter!
Are you seeking a court reporter for an upcoming case? Contact us today!