Monday, March 19, 2012

Second Careers Are Becoming A Trend For Boomers

Court Reporter tests his StenomaskCourt Reporter tests his Stenomask (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Ask a Baby Boomer if age 65 is a finish line or a starting line and you will get an education about life. There are many things people can't understand about being self-reliant until you actually walk in their shoes. But earning a living and contributing to the community is important to boomers. Also because of the faulty retirement system and economic problems, boomers are also stepping up to fill in the financial gaps in their lives.

One such second career that is popular is a court reporter. Many people looking to have a second career and wanting to be in a stimulating, active work environment are choosing the court reporter career.

Of the 21,000 court reporters, over half work at federal, state or local government jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Projection data by the the U.S. Department of Labor states that by 2018 job growth will rise by 18 percent.

The median salary of court reporters is $57,200 and if you can type 200+ words a minute the average pay can be $105,000, according to Payscale.com. Beyond getting your certification, many factors are necessary for a court reporter to succeed in their job. Having good listening skills, knowledge of grammar, writing speed, and vocabulary skills are necessary.

Opportunities are available and educational costs are reasonable for a court reporter career. You can have a flexible schedule instead of the traditional 9 - 5 job. Having more freedom for yourself and still earning good money is what makes a second career great.
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