Court Reporting as a career is freedom, flexibility, and fun

Have you ever wondered what stenographers like best about their career choice?  What are the challenges the job brings?  What is fun about their job?  PohlmanUSA sat down to hear what our court reporters all around the nation had to say about their chosen career path and we were blown away with the responses.

What do you like about your court reporting career?

  • I like the freedom of being self-employed and the flexible hours. My earning potential is based on my willingness to work and ability to finish transcripts in a timely manner, so I like to work hard!
  • Meeting fascinating people and going to interesting places and hearing intriguing stories.
  • The flexibility of working when I want and not know what the next day holds.
  • Meeting so many interesting people over the years, learning about so many different subject matters. Constantly challenging myself to become a better writer.
  • Flexibility, flexibility, flexibility.

What is one of the biggest challenges you face in your career?

  • Finding stretches and strengthening to counter the repetitive movements over so many years.
  • Keeping up with all the latest technology.
  • At the present time, a challenge I face in my career is being able to hear every single spoken word during remote depositions and distracting background noise from non-muted participants.
  • Anxiety – it never diminishes!

What was the funniest thing you experienced at a deposition (maintaining confidentiality)?

  • One of the defendants represented himself and was questioning a former employee. He was asking “Perry Mason” type questions until the witness finally yelled, “Yes, it’s true!! It’s all true!” One of the other defense attorneys fell off of his chair because he was laughing so hard. I had tears running down my face from laughter.
  • When I lived in LA, I took the depo of a famous musician. It was a class action suit, so before she testified another woman testified first. During the first depo, the famous musician sat at the end of the really long conference table, fell asleep, and started snoring; nobody wanted to say anything.
  • The witness running away from the lawyer before we even started, and she was running after him to try to get him to testify.
  • There’s been a few times when an answer (meant to be comical) cracks up everyone in the room and both sides get the giggles.

Interested in learning more about court reporting We would love to hear from you.  Apply on our careers page or contact us at 877.421.0099.

PohlmanUSA's court reporter takes down the record of a commercial

A career in court reporting really is exciting.  Court reporters are not limited to being used only for legal matters in a court or conference room, they can be used for sporting events, television, and so much more. No two days are alike, and you learn to expect the unexpected.


This was certainly true when one of our Michigan court reporters, Terri Zimmerman, got a “once-in-a-lifetime” gig that landed her at the Post Food’s plant located in Battle Creek, MI taking down a commercial.


Terri was tasked on a three-day job taking the record for the Post commercial for Honey Bunches of Oats®. Now why would they need a court reporter if they already had a script?  Closed Captioning is important to ensure the hearing impaired will be able to follow the commercial, and with so many edits and takes, a court reporter was the answer.


In an instant, Terri found herself sitting in the Honey Bunches of Oats® cafeteria, and next thing she knew, she was in a lab with the Post scientists! Finally, she landed in the spot where we all can find our favorite cereals – the grocery store!


While the deadline was quick and transcripts were required each evening,  Terri says she was perfectly okay with it.  She noted that the elaborate food spread provided to everyone involved helped to keep her energy going! Above all, Terri said her experience was a lot of fun and everyone was very friendly!


Want to see the commercial she worked on?  Click HERE to watch.


Interested in a career in court reporting?  We would love to hear from you.  Apply on our careers page or contact us at 877.421.0099.