Medical Transcriptionist Guide

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Career Overview

Key FactsDetail
Educational RequirementsSome college education or associates degree is expected
Average Annual Salary$35,720
Average Salary Range $21,600 to $50,230 (depending on experience)
Number in Employment (2016)60,831
Employment OutlookVery little employment growth projected
Work EnvironmentsClinics, hospitals, doctors offices
Related Careers Medical Secretary, Medical Billing & Coding

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What does a Medical Transcriptionist do?

Medical Transcriptionists fill a unique niche in the world of healthcare.  They typically work in medical offices, but many have the option to work from home, transcribing the notes and records of doctors.

They perform a very important role in offices where record keeping is critical and must be usable by a wide range of people. As a Medical Transcriptionist you will need to be incredibly organized, accurate and detail oriented. You will need to have excellent hearing as a mistake in transcribing information from a doctor could be critical to the patient or the reputation of the doctor, clinic or hospital.

On a day to day basis a Medical Transcriptionist will listen to voice recordings of doctors and turn them into written reports for the use of others. They also translate medicine jargon and abbreviations, give out summaries, prepare histories, correct any mistakes, edit reports, decide which information should be included or cut from reports, perform data entry, produce a wide range of records, and generally do any of the paperwork regarding who said what to who and why! Some transcribers may also do things like receive patients, schedule appointments and screen phone calls, but only if they are in the office.

Similar Careers

There are plenty of careers which are similar, both in the field of medicine and out of it. These include:

Medical Records/Health Info Technicians: These people organize and manage health data. They do things like maintain quality, accuracy, security and accessibility in both paper and electronic forms.

Court Reporters: Court reporters attend things like speeches and legal proceedings and then create word-for-word transcriptions. They can also provide the captioning for TV and public events.

Secretaries/Administration Assistants: These workers do clerical and organizational tasks. These can include writing memos, scheduling and support.

Medical transcription is a great job for the right people. Those with the right personalities-those who enjoy working with details, helping others, writing, editing, reading, and able to translate medical ‘mumbo-jumbo’ into coherent and understandable work for others will really enjoy this line of work. If all of this sounds good to you, then start on the path to your career today!