Legal Professions and Studies also covers a wide range of jobs. Although you need an advanced degree and a license to practice as a lawyer, there are many other jobs in the field that play important roles in the legal system.

Court Reporters attend trials, hearings, and other court proceedings and transcribe the testimonies and arguments that take place for the official record. Some court reporters may use their transcription skills to provide captioning for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Paralegals and Legal Assistants help lawyers by doing background research for court cases. They may research relevant laws, write reports, go over evidence, or examine legal documents, like contracts. Legal Secretaries perform administrative duties in the context of a law office, and may help prepare legal documents. Finally, Court Clerks work with judges and help with the paperwork involved in court cases.

 Job Title
 Average Annual Income  Projected Job Growth, 2012-22*  Projected Job Openings, 2012-22
Court Reporters $54,760
Paralegals and Legal Assistants $51,170
Legal Secretaries $45,030 26,800
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks $36,850

*Projected Job Growth, 2012-2022 Key

Faster than average
(more than 15%)
(8% to 14%)
Slower than average
(less than 7%)

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