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Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations

National Occupation Code (NOC): 1251

Court reporters record and transcribe verbatim the proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies and committees, and prepare transcripts for use by judges, tribunals and quasi-judicial panels. They 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. They are employed by hospitals, medical clinics and doctors’ offices, or they may be self-employed. Closed captioners and other transcriptionists are included in this unit group.

Job Duties for Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations

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.

Working Conditions for Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations

Work is performed indoors, such as in a courtroom or hospital.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Braille Transcriber
  • Braille Volumes Transcriber
  • Closed Captioner
  • Court Monitor
  • Court Recorder
  • Court Reporter
  • Court Stenographer
  • Dictatypist
  • Hansard Reporter
  • Media Transcriber
  • Media Transcriptionist
  • Medical Dictatypist
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Stenotype Operator
  • Transcriber
  • Transcriptionist
  • Closed Captioner
  • Court Reporter
  • Hansard Reporter
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Transcriptionist

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