Stenographers create accurate records of dictated information speeches or conversations that take place at meetings or conventions or courtroom proceedings. They use shorthand which is an abbreviated form of language that helps them take notes to make an accurate record of information while they are listening. Then they transcribe their notes most often typing a rough draft into a computer using word-processing software. Afterward they proofread the document they have created and check it for grammatical or typographical errors. Depending on the specific job stenographers may need to be well-versed in certain terminology such as verbiage related to the legal andor medical fields. The final documents that stenographers produce should be accurate records that can be kept on file permanently. Stenographers need a high school diploma or the equivalent. It is important that they have a firm command of grammar and vocabulary as well as excellent typing skills. It is helpful for stenographers to keep up with new technologies such as computer aided transcription (CAT) systems which may require enrolling in continuing education classes throughout their careers. Stenographers hired by the government must usually pass a skills test. Stenographers can also be employed by law offices businesses medical offices and engineering firms. Some work independently and are hired per job. According to the website stenographers paid by the hour earn a median of $10.22 but wages vary depending on location employer and level of experience. Those who have excellent skills and oversee other stenographers can earn over $20 an hour.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $41600
High Salary: $51600
Low Salary: $31600
Tasks: Takes dictation.
Transcribes notes into documents.
Uses steno machines.
Knows shorthand.
Also Called: Transcriptionist
Dictation Specialist
Real Time Captioner
Court Reporter
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