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Would You Rather be a Court Reporter or a Judge?

Would You Rather be a Court Reporter or a Judge?

Ask most court reporters, and they’ll tell you they like their job. After a 12- or 14-hour day of transcribing? Maybe not so much. But by and large court reporting is thought of as a good profession. One group of job experts claims it knows exactly how it stacks up against other professions: It’s the 68th best job in the country. 

How stenographers stack up

CareerCast recently released the 25th edition of its annual Jobs Rated report. The report analyzed 200 jobs based on five criteria:

  • physical demands
  • income
  • stress
  • work environment
  • hiring outlook

Each job was scored in several subcategories of those five criteria. Then, those final scores were weighted to come up with an overall average.

Based on that system, a profession as a court reporter or stenographer came in at 68th out of 200, just behind a medical technologist and ahead of a career as a recruiter.

The career was no doubt boosted in the rankings by the relative lack of physical demands, along with the comfortable work environment and decent income and hiring outlook prospects.

Court reporters vs. others in the legal profession

A career as a court reporter was ranked higher than jobs as a judge or attorney (source)

A career as a court reporter was ranked higher than jobs as a judge or attorney (source)

Would most people rather be a court reporter or a judge? How about a job as a court reporter compared to an attorney?

According to the report, court reporters ranked higher than both of those prestigious legal professions.

A job as a judge came in at #79.

And an attorney? That career fell all the way to #117.

Those jobs may have more prestige and better pay, but you can be sure they lost points in the stress categories.

Don’t confuse professions

As it turns out, that other kind of “court reporter” topped the list as the worst job in the country.

Journalists or reporters came in as the worst job in the country, in large part because of the industry’s overall decline in recent years. Job prospects have gotten worse, along with hours and salary.

A career in journalism -- the other kind of court reporter -- was ranked as the worst job in the country (source)

A career in journalism — the other kind of court reporter — was ranked as the worst job in the country (source)

Curious to see who else tops the worst-of list? Here are the five worst jobs in the U.S., according to the report:

  1. Reporter
  2. Lumberjack
  3. Enlisted Military Personnel
  4. Actor
  5. Oil Rig Worker

And now for a look at the five best professions, according to CareerCast:

  1. Actuary
  2. Biomedical Engineer
  3. Software Engineer
  4. Audiologist
  5. Financial Planner

The skinny on court reporting jobs

The highest-ranking jobs topped the list largely because of the job outlook in those professions. Conversely, the worst jobs had some of the worst marks for being able to find a job or advance in the career.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for a court reporter is about average among all U.S. professions. From the  BLS:

“Those with experience and training in techniques for helping deaf and hard-of-hearing people, such as real-time captioning and Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART), will have the best job prospects.”

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