Career Details

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
Future Outlook

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

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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.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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