Judicial reporters capture the words spoken during proceeding by transcription to written form. The transcript helps safeguard everyone's rights in the legal process. When litigants want to exercise their right to appeal an unfavorable decision, they will rely on the transcript to provide an accurate record of what transpired during their case.
Judicial reporters use computers and a specialized machine called a stenotype to do their job. The stenotype enables reporters to write words by their sound rather than how they are spelled by letter.
Entry-level pay as an official judicial reporter in Mississippi can be up to $42,500 with additional per-page fee for transcript requests.
Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART)
A Realtime Reporters' ability to transfer spoken words to readable text instantly enables them to provide specialized services to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. Some CART providers work with students attending classes to translate lectures and classroom discussions. Others provide assistance via phone for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. This job may be performed on-site or remotely.
CART services are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the demand for CART services exceeds the capacity to provide them. CART providers earn between $35,000 to $65,000 per year, depending on the amount of services they provide.
Specially trained Realtime Reporters, called Broadcast Captioners, use technology to caption live television programs. This job allows the Deaf or hard-of-hearing to follow, understand, and enjoy TV programs as well as provide important information during weather disasters or national emergencies.
Broadcast Captioners can also work to caption radio, using their technology to simulcast talk shows, news and sports online so that the Deaf and hard-of-hearing can also receive the full text of the program's audio.
Broadcast Captioners can earn between $35,000 and $75,000 per year, depending on the experience and the number of hours worked.