America's Court Reporting Crisis

VIA CNBC.COM

WANT TO MAKE SIX FIGURES AND SET YOUR OWN SCHEDULE? CNBC'S JANE WELLS REPORTS AMERICA IS SUFFERING FROM A MAJOR SHORTAGE OF COURT REPORTERS.

As Americans overloaded with student debt question the value of a college degree, training for one high-paying profession begging for employees costs relatively little.

Jane Wells on CNBC

 "There is going to be a demand, and a need, for at least 5,500 new positions over the next three to five coming years," said Sarah Nageotte, president of the National Court Reporters Association. Fifteen percent of the industry is poised to retire. Nageotte said a lot of people are not even aware the career still exists.

Court reporting not only exists, it's expanding.

Most new reporting jobs are outside the courtroom, doing depositions or closed captioning. There is a new federal initiative to provide captioning services to hearing-impaired students. The pay for those jobs can range from $35 an hour up into six figures. One opening for a court reporter in San Francisco starts above $100,000, plus benefits.