Medical Transcriptionists

Doctors and other health care professionals often make tape recordings documenting what happened during their patients' appointments or surgical procedures. Medical transcriptionists listen to these tapes and transcribe, or type, reports of what the doctor said. The reports are then included in patients' charts. 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 105,200 medical transcriptionists working in the United States. Medical transcriptionists are also called medical transcribers, medical stenographers, or medical language specialists.

Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Health
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended