Medical Transcriptionist

Career Overview

Medical transcriptionists listen to voice-recorded dictations produced by physicians and turns them into a written document. They may also review and edit documents created using voice recognition software.


It may be necessary to complete a program in medical transcription in order to obtain one of these positions. These programs are typically offered through colleges.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$24,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$52,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Biology
  • Math
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Writing
  • Communication
Work Environment

Most medical transcriptionists work for hospitals, physicians' offices, and third-party transcription service companies that provide transcription services to healthcare establishments. Others are self-employed.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada