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Consider a new career in court reporting

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Want to have an impact on capturing history for posterity? How about helping to better the lives of the hearing impaired? The week of February 11th is Court Reporting & Captioning Week. One Brown County court reporter is hoping to teach us about these careers and encourage people to consider getting into the profession. Sheri Piontek is President of the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association. She joined us on Good Day Wisconsin to share some facts about her profession.

• The ampersand (&) is one of the earliest forms of shorthand.

• There are official court reporters that are employees of the court, freelance court reporters, broadcast captioners, and CART captioners (Communications Access Realtime Translation—often employed in classroom settings to assist students who are deaf and hard of hearing).

• In an emergency situation, broadcast capitioners can provide vital information to 48 million Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing.

• Court reporters and captioners use cutting-edge technology to bring the spoken word to text accurately in real time.

• According to an industry outlook study released in August 2014, approximately 5,000 to 5,500 court reporters will retire over the next several years, creating a steady demand for new professionals to enter the field. Read more.

• Annual salaries of court reporters and captioners can reach upwards of $80,000.

• Court reporting and captioning does not require a traditional four-year degree, so students of this career choice are often out in the workforce quicker than their counterparts.

If you're looking for more information about a career in court reporting and captioning, several area technical colleges will be holding informational sessions on April 5th: Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay and Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac.

For further information you can visit the website for the National Court Reporters Association.

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