Medical Transcriptionist

What Does A Medical Transcriptionist Do?

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

How Do I Become A Medical Transcriptionist?

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.

What is the Average Salary For A Medical Transcriptionist?

High – 52,000
Median – 39,000
Low – 24,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Medical Transcriptionist?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Writing
  • Typing
  • Math
  • Biology
  • Communication
  • Psychology

What Is The Work Environment For A Medical Transcriptionist?

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.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Medical Transcriptionist?

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

What Degree Should I Consider If I Want To Be A Medical Transcriptionist?