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Court Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related Workers

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NOC:1251
Occupation:Court Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related Workers
Category:Business, Finance, and Administration

About the job

Nature of work:

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 group.

Job duties:
Court reporters perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Record verbatim proceedings of courtroom using electronic stenograph machine or steno mask.
  • 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 perform some or all of the following duties:
  • 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.
Sample job titles:
  • braille transcriber
  • closed captioner
  • court recorder
  • court reporter
  • court stenographer
  • dictatypist
  • media transcriber
  • medical transcriptionist
  • transcriptionist
Skills:

To work in these jobs, you need accurate and fast transcription and typing speeds, as well as excellent proofreading skills.

Job requirements:
  • Court reporters require completion of secondary school and usually require completion of a college or other program in court reporting. They may also require the Chartered Shorthand Reporter (CSR) certificate.
  • Medical transcriptionists require completion of secondary school and usually require completion of a recognized medical transcription program. They may also require the Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) certificate.
Other considerations:

Working in these jobs may cause back and neck strain due to sitting for long periods of time, as well as eye strain from computer screens. There is some mobility between jobs in this group and other occupations requiring similar knowledge of legal or medical terminology, such as legal or medical administrative positions.

Labour Market Information

Work Prospects:Fair

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “average”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is comparable to the average for all occupations in Nova Scotia. This is not a large occupation in Nova Scotia so job opportunities may not be that frequent. The number employed in this occupation is expected to decline slightly over the next few years, which may affect the number of new opportunities available. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Court Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related Workers most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. With employment conditions being somewhat seasonal, periods of downtime or layoff throughout the year affect some workers. Also, a fair portion of the workforce is self-employed, so having the option to "work for yourself" may appeal to some individuals’ interests/motivations.

The median employment income for 54% of Court Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related Workers who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $38,365. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

OccupationEstimated employment in 2018Estimated change in employment between 2017 and 2019Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019Estimated rate of unemployment in 2018 Estimated hourly earnings in 2015 (learn more)Estimated annual earnings in 2015
Court Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related Workers400decline slightly40Low
Minimum: $17.00
Median: $21.50
Maximum: $25.00
Minimum: $7,632
Median: $35,369
Maximum: $53,951
Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration63,775Moderate growth6,600Low
Minimum: $13.00
Median: $21.03
Maximum: $35.90
Minimum: $6,754
Median: $36,515
Maximum: $70,271
Court Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
Percent employed full-time78%81%
Percent self-employed20%7%
Where will I likely work?
Area of EmploymentCourt Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related WorkersCompared to: All NS Occupations
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Southern8%x12%$30,581
Northern14%x16%$33,660
Cape Breton12%x13%$32,974
Halifax57%$24,82147%$41,209
Annapolis Valley9%x13%$32,958
What are the workers like?
AgeCourt Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related WorkersCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
15-2413%x
25-34N/A6%
35-4419%19%
45-5419%36%
55-6444%28%
65+13%11%
Median Age5348
GenderCourt Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related WorkersCompared to: Occupations in Business, Finance, and Administration
% Employed% Employed
Female94%73%
Male6%27%
EducationCourt Reporters, Medical Transcriptionists, and Related WorkersCompared to: All Business, Finance, and Administration
% EmployedMedian Annual Income% EmployedMedian Annual Income
Less than high schoolN/Ax4.7%$23,775
High school11.8%$40,90623.7%$30,074
Trades certificate4.7%x5.8%$32,871
College certificate or diploma61.2%$38,41934.4%$33,837
University certificate or diploma4.7%x3.0%$35,053
Bachelor's degree17.6%$41,45422.9%$39,473
University advanced certificate or diplomaN/Ax1.7%$40,672
Master's degreeN/A$53,5813.6%$23,407
DoctorateN/Ax0.2%$48,614
Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometryN/Ax0.1%$41,688
Total100%100%
Wage Disclaimer

Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.

Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.

Sources

Employment Requirements & Contacts

Regulations:
No regulating bodies were found under this occupation profile
Useful contacts:
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
10502 N Ambassador Dr., Ste. 100
Kansas City, Missouri 64153
Tel: (816) 891-6600
Fax: (816) 891-9118
iaap.canadaeast@gmail.com
Nova Scotia Department of Justice, Courts Services Division
P.O Box 7
Halifax, NS B3J 2L6
Tel: (902) 424-4020
Fax: (902) 424-0510
justweb@novascotia.ca
Nova Scotia Court Transcriber Certification Program
Department of Justice, Court Services Division PO Box 7
Halifax, NS B3J 2L6
Tel: (902) 424-4025
BROUGHAM@novascotia.ca
Canadian Health Information Management Association
99 Enterprise Drive South, Lower Level
London, ON N6N 1B9
Tel: (877) 332-4462
Fax: (519) 438-7001
info@chima-cchra.ca

Training Paths & Education

Program Name:Adult high school/secondary diploma programs
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the high school level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that defines the prescribed requirements, specified by the appropriate jurisdiction, for the completion of and graduation from a secondary school program of academic subject matter offered for adult learners outside of the regular secondary school program. This does not include adult compensatory education programs resulting in completion of a high school equivalency certificate or diploma.
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Universite Sainte-Anne
Siège Social: 1695, Route 1
Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0
(902) 769-2114
Blanche.Theriault@usainteanne.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus
50 Elliott Road
Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0
(902) 825-3491
avc.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus
PO Box 550, 1 Main Street
Springhill, NS B0M 1X0
(902) 597-3737
cumberland.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Akerley Campus
21 Woodlawn Road
Dartmouth, NS B2W 2R7
(902) 491-4900
akerley.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus
372 Pleasant Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2
(902) 742-3501
burridge.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus
236 Belcher Street
Kentville, NS B4N 0A6
(902) 678-7341
kingstec.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus
75 High Street
Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8
(902) 543-4608
lunenburg.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Institute of Technology Campus
5685 Leeds Street
Halifax, NS B3K 2T3
(902) 491-6722
it.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries
PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue
Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0
(902) 752-2002
pictou.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus
PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road
Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0
(902) 875-8640
shelburne.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute
226 Reeves Street
Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2
(902) 625-2380
strait.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus
PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, NS B1P 6J7
(902) 563-2450
marconi.info@nscc.ca
Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus
36 Arthur Street
Truro, NS B2N 1X5
(902) 893-5385
truro.info@nscc.ca
Program Name:Court reporting/court reporter
Education Level:This program may be offered at the college, trades, or university level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to record and transcribe examinations, testimony, judicial orders and instructions, legal opinions, and other formal proceedings via print or electronic methods. These programs include courses in legal terminology, legal transcription, shorthand, verbatim recording, equipment operation and procedures, applicable regulations, and professional standards and ethics.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Program Name:Medical transcription/transcriptionist
Education Level:This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.
Program Description:
This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to execute verbatim medical conference minutes, medical reports, and medical orders. These programs include courses in dictation and simultaneous recording, analysis of notes and visual evidence, medical terminology, data processing applications and skills, formal medical report and correspondence formats, professional standards, and applicable laws and regulations.
There are no schools in Nova Scotia offering this program.
Additional resources:

There are no additional resources for this occupation.