Re: Looking for some job ideas
I'm going to school for Court Reporting/CART/Captioning. If you're a hermit, it's great because not only can you learn the skill online
at home (no degree required, just a certification in SOME states) but you can also work at home if you go into remote CART or if you
do closed captioning for TV shows/News, etc...
You can learn the stenographic method, which utilizes a steno machine, like what you see most court reporters doing, or you can become
a voice writer, which uses voice recognition technology. Voice writers are limited as to what states they can be court reporters in, however.
So, court reporters work not only in the courts, but they can freelance and go to depositions or business meetings.
CART stands for computer aided realtime translation and is used for the hard-of-hearing and deaf. You can provide
CART for a deaf student on site in a classroom setting, or you can provide this service remotely from your home. You can do church services,
conferences, doctors visits... Really the list is endless. Wherever a deaf or hard-of-hearing person could use the service, basically.
Captioning is, of course, the captions you see on TV. You can do live stuff where you're captioning for live shows,
which requires a high degree of accuracy, or you can caption prerecorded shows. The pay is less for prerecorded.
This field is great to go into because there's a huge demand for competent CRs, CART providers, and broadcast
captioners. It's like learning a new language, so depending on your hunger, you could graduate within a couple of
years (especially if you do voice writing), or take many more. Be sure you want to go into it though, because the
drop out rate is huge. It's a difficult skill. The money is great, though. You can make over 100K in any of these branches of stenography,
depending on what state you're in and how hard you work.