Medical Transcriptionist

Type the recorded files of Doctors onto a computer.

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Salary Range
$22,000 – $46,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Medical Transcriptionists do?

As a Medical Transcriptionist, you’re responsible for transcribing the dictated records and cases from Physicians for later use in patients’ files. You ever hear that no one can read a Doctor’s handwriting? A lot of time that’s true. Plus Doctors are so busy, that they don’t have time to sit down and write out long reports. So to avoid that writing they verbally record their notes and thoughts, and then give you the tape to transcribe, or write out on paper.

You transcribe information in almost every aspect of the medical field – autopsies, procedural reports, patient visits, diagnostic image studies (x-rays, MRIs, etc.), so you must have a very solid handle on medical terminology. You must also be discrete—you will be transcribing some interesting stuff, but it is confidential information that is extremely personal.

To do your work, you use a setup that includes headphones and a foot pedal that allows you to start and stop the recording that they’re transcribing. This lets you keep both hands on their (probably ergonomic) keyboard, allowing you to type all the faster.

Most Medical Transcriptionists work in hospitals, but all Physicians need one, so private practice offices and research facilities also employ them. Now, many Medical Transcriptionists are able to work from home. They receive, transcribe, and submit the desired audio without leaving the house, making this one of the most desirable telecommuting jobs available.

Should I be a Medical Transcriptionist?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

  • Also known as: Certified Medical Transcriptionist, Legal Transcriber, Medical Record Transcriber, Medical Transcriber See More

    How to become a Medical Transcriptionist

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