Today I met someone who got me to thinking about the future of court reporters. Hopefully, you'll be able to ease my mind with regard to what I was told. I am new to court reporting (just started learning). I was at a doctor's appointment earlier today and met a woman who sat beside me. We got to talking, and she told me her occupation is a 'union steward.' I then asked her what company she represented. She said she "worked for the Supreme Court." I said, "Oh my. I just started studying court reporting." Long story short, she then went on to tell me she needed to hurry and get back to work (as she's on disability now), because she's in the middle of fighting for certain job pay discrimination, and she's fighting to keep court reporters employed due to the courts thinking about doing away with court reporters and using recording tape. We then went on to discuss the cons of doing something like that and all of the things that could go wrong. We didn't get a chance to go into further conversation because her name was called to see her doctor. However, she did give me a piece of advice. She told me that it might be in my best interest to pursue captioning jobs once I finish my CR studies and get certified, assuming I want to work for the courts, because the CR positions may not even be there.
Has anyone heard any talk such as this? I'm in Los Angeles by the way. If this is true, I don't know if it's just this area or even if what I heard has any merit. Any '2-cents' would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Tausha