Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations (NOC 1251)

High opportunity occupation

About this job

Court reporters:

  • record and transcribe verbatim the proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies and committees
  • prepare transcripts for use by judges, tribunals and quasi-judicial panels
  • are employed by courts of law, provincial and federal legislative assemblies and committees, or they may be self-employed.

Medical transcriptionists:

  • record, transcribe and edit dictation by physicians and other health care providers, surgical proceedings, health-related reports and other medical documentation
  • are employed by hospitals, medical clinics and doctors' offices, or they may be self-employed

Closed captioners and other transcriptionists are included in this group.

Common job titles
  • closed captioner
  • court monitor / recorder / reporter
  • dictatypist
  • operator, stenotype
  • reporter, Hansard
  • transcriber braille


Court reporters:

  • Record verbatim proceedings of courtroom using electronic stenograph machine or stenomask
  • Respond to requests during court sessions to read back verbatim evidence
  • Transcribe recorded proceedings in accordance with established formats
  • Verify accuracy of transcripts by checking copy against original record of proceedings and accuracy of rulings by checking with judge
  • Research and locate quotes to ensure accuracy
  • Respond to requests for transcripts ordered by judges, lawyers or the public
  • File and store shorthand notes of court session

Medical transcriptionists:

  • Transcribe recorded dictation in accordance with established formats or written documentation from medical reports, correspondence, health records and patient information
  • Proofread work for typographical and grammatical errors.
  • Edit transcripts for missing or incorrect content and formatting

Work environment

Work in this occupation is typically performed in a structured environment, such as an office or hospital.

Career paths and resources

Career paths

There is some mobility between jobs in this group and other jobs requiring similar knowledge of legal or medical terminology, such as legal or medical administrative assistant.

Additional resources

Additional resources are not currently available for this career.