Medical Transcriptionists

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 68,350 medical transcriptionists working in the United States. Medical transcriptionists are also called health care documentation specialists, medical transcribers, medical stenographers, or medical language specialists.


Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Health Care Documentation Specialists, Medical Language Specialists, Medical Stenographers, Medical Transcribers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Health
Experience Internship or co-op
Skills
  • Information Management
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Self Employed or Transcription Department Supervisor
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Administrative Assistant or Intern

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