Department of Business Administration

A Rewarding Profession

From the courthouse to TV studios, court reporters, deposition reporters, and broadcast captioners are in demand! Embark on a career that's vital, exciting, and rewarding, with coast-to-coast opportunities at your fingertips. Court reporters can work in the legal community, provide communications access for people with hearing loss, be an independent contractor, or run their own reporting firm.

Court reporters are part of exciting events and history in the making - from reporting high-profile trials to captioning the Super Bowl!  For a brief video overview of the exciting opportunities in court reporting, click here!

Quick Facts

  • U.S. News & World Report Lists Court Reporting among Top 50 Careers. To read more on this article, click here.
  • According to Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., a career-information expert and author of 150 Best Recession-Proof Jobs, one of the top five picks for easy-to-keep positions during a recession is that of a court reporter.
  • Court reporters - including deposition reporters and broadcast captioners - earn an average of more than $60,000 a year.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor projects that employment of court reporters is projected to grow 2 percent from 2014 to 2024.  Demand for court reporters will be influenced by new federal regulations requiring an expanded use of captioning for television, the Internet, and other technologies. See current Court Reporting labor statistics at
  • Captioning of live television programs is done by specially trained court reporters called broadcast captioners. Federal rules require captioning of hundreds of hours of live programming each week, creating a surge in career opportunities for people with the right skills.
  • About 27% of the court reporters in the United States actually work in court. The majority are freelance reporters hired by attorneys to create verbatim transcripts of pretrial depositions of potential trial witnesses.
  • Some reporters use a form of captioning to provide more personalized services for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing through Communication Access Realtime Translation. CART reporters accompany deaf clients as needed - for example, to college classes - to provide instant conversion of speech into text. Reporting companies that provide this service cannot meet the demand.


To learn more about Del Mar College’s Court Reporting Program in the

Department of Business Administration, contact Dolores Gonzalez,

Associate Professor of Court Reporting, at 361.698.1490 or


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