Medical transcriptionists


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This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • 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.

Job titles

  • braille technician
  • braille transcriber
  • Braille volumes transcriber
  • braillist
  • closed captioner
  • court monitor

Employment prospects

Source: BC Labour Market Outlook 2023 edition
The labour market information for this career is aggregate data for Court reporters, medical transcriptionists and related occupations

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Education and training

Employment requirements

  • Completion of a college or other program in court reporting is usually required and the Chartered Shorthand Reporter (CSR) certificate may be required for court reporters.
  • Completion of a recognized medical transcription program is usually required and the Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) certificate may be required for medical transcriptors.
  • Court reporters require completion of secondary school.
  • Medical transcriptionists require completion of secondary school.
  • Occupations working in Braille usually require education in Unified English Braille (UEB) competence and related studies of 1-2 years.

Additional information

  • There is some mobility between occupations in this unit group and other occupations requiring similar knowledge of legal or medical terminology, such as legal or medical administrative positions.

Certification requirements

Optional: The following certification are optional to practice as Medical transcriptionists in B.C.

  • Certified Medical Transcriptionist Certificate

Certified Medical Transcriptionist Certificate

Please confirm with the certifying body that your intended program qualifies you for this certification. To work as a medical transcriptionist in BC, you may need to become a Certified Medical Transcriptionist. Eligibility is achieved through successful completion of a recognized program and the certifying examinations.

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