Medical Transcriptionists

Medical Transcriptionist Typing

Doctors and other health care professionals often make recordings that document what happened during their patients' appointments or surgical procedures. Medical transcriptionists listen to these recordings and transcribe, or type, reports of what the doctor said. The reports are then included in patients' charts or digital health records. Medical transcriptionists work in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices, as well as for transcription companies or out of their own homes. There are approximately 70,000 medical transcriptionists working in the United States. Medical transcriptionists are also called health care documentation specialists, medical transcribers, medical stenographers, or medical language specialists.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Health Care Documentation Specialists, Medical Language Specialists, Medical Stenographers, Medical Transcribers
Duties Listen to recordings made by health care professionals during their patients' appointments or surgical procedures, and transcribe, or type, reports of what the doctor said; edit medical reports created by speech recognition technology
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Health
Experience Internship or co-op
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Self Employed or Transcription Department Supervisor
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Administrative Assistant or Intern

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