Another profession in South Carolina that is reporting severe shortages is court reporter positions.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reports more than a quarter of the 130 positions statewide are vacant. Meanwhile, those individuals already working in the jobs said more incentives are needed to fill the open positions.
The South Carolina Court Administration oversees the stenographers.
The newspaper reports that the interim director for Court Administration, said qualified applicants have turned down job offers because they did not want to move where an open position was or said that the salary listed at $40,538 for a position in Family Court and $46,777 for Circuit Court was not enough.
Retirements and a lack of training programs have added to the shortage. However certified, experienced reporters who have applied for positions over the past 12 months have said that they either do not hear back from the courts or did not land an interview.
A lack of court reporters could and has led to delays in trial proceedings, particularly in rural circuits where judges are unable to find the staff to record courtroom occurrences.