Commack, NY - March 4, 2014 - The Long Island Business Institute (LIBI), Commack, N.Y., a court reporting school that is certified by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, is urging perspective students contemplating college to consider the unique careers of court reporting and captioning.
Court reporters and captioners work in a variety of environments including as official court reporters who are considered officers of the court, broadcast captioners, recording official records for businesses, and as CART providers (communication access realtime translation) to assist members of the deaf and hard of hearing community. Freelance court reporters have the option of setting their own work schedules and often times have the opportunity to work abroad capturing historic speeches and other events.
“Court reporting is forecasted by the U.S. Department of Labor to grow at the rate of 14 percent between now and 2020. In today’s competitive workforce, we think it is important to let students know about this unique and age-old profession that can take as little as two years to enter a field that offers a full-time average salary according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Statistics of $62,000 nationwide and as much as $83,000 in the New York area,” said Michelle Houston, assistant campus director.
Founded in 1968, LIBI began as a business school and was certified as an occupational college in 1995 by the New York State Board of Regents, which also authorized the institute to award the Associate in Occupational Studies degree in court reporting. The college is also an accredited occupational degree granting institution by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. LIBI offers students convenient and flexible day and evening schedules to meet the needs of adults with family and work obligations.
“The LIBI court reporting program has been training students for more than 45 years. We offer education in state-of-the-art technology as it relates to this rewarding and lucrative career option, as well as job placement assistance, mentoring, and networking. Many of our graduates own their own freelance agencies while others work as official court reporters or as CART providers,” Houston said.
“We encourage and invite anyone seeking a satisfying career that is flexible, rich in tradition, and has played a major role in recording the history of the world to visit our college as well as The Gallery of Shorthand, located in the Central Islip Federal Courthouse as a tribute to the profession, which LIBI was vital in helping to create,” she added.
For more information, visit www.NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree—can be found at www.CareersInCourtReporting.com.
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 18,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow more than 5 percent in the coming years. For more information, visit www.NCRA.org .