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Bloomfield College offers two stackable certificate programs in court reporting, beginning in the fall.

The only on-site program in the state is taught at Pillar College, the College’s partner site in Newark.

The programs prepare students for high-demand jobs by teaching the skills to convert spoken word into standard, readable copy that can be searched and archived. Students will be able to capture dialogue cryptically via “machine shorthand” through a small machine with a specialized keyboard that interfaces, via software, with a standard computer/laptop.

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Certificate One prepares students for careers in scoping work, and is four semesters.

Certificate Two prepares students for judicial court reporting and is six semesters.

What you’ll study:

Stenography for closed captioning, transcriptioning, and judicial court reporting.

What you can do

Official court reporting, freelance reporting, broadcast captioning, medical transcriptions.

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Fast Facts

  • The National Court Reporters Association cites 5,500 job vacancies due to a lack of qualified applicants and an aging workforce (2018).
  • More than 60% of people working as court reporters and captioners are making at least $60,000 annually, with salaries expected to increase by 14% through 2020.
  • Annual mean wage for court reporters in the New York-New Jersey area: $87,270
  • Working part-time as a court reporter is common and easily attainable if you are looking for a balance between your professional and personal life
  • As the population ages, additional demand for captioning is likely to appear in community venues, medical settings, and in other arenas
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You could be …

A court reporter: Median pay $87,270 per year. Court reporters transcribe judicial proceedings.

An event transcriber: Part-time work that could double your annual income.

(Source: U.S. Department of Labor)







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