Captioners and court reporters are typically self-employed or work for private reporting companies. Some are hired by federal or provincial governments.
Self-employed captioners and court reporters supply their own equipment. This could include a shorthand machine, laptop computer, and industry-specific software. The cost could be as much as $5,000 to $10,000. Some items may need ongoing maintenance and upgrades.
There is currently a high demand for captioners and court reporters across Alberta and Canada.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.
In Alberta, the 1251: Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.9% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 76 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.