Medical Transcriptionist

Occupation Information table
Overview: Medical transcriptionists are medical terminology specialists who edit, transcribe, and type physician's dictated notes about patients' medical diagnoses, history, procedures and treatments. They transcribe from audio tape and using a computer, type the notes into clear and readable reports.
Duties: They listen to recorded audio notes of physicians in order to type reports describing patients' diagnoses, treatments, prescriptions, and histories. They use word processing systems.

They translate medical jargon and abbreviations used by physicians into clear language using medical vocabulary pertaining to anatomy, physiology, diagnoses, medications, surgeries, etc.

They edit the physician's grammar and sentence organization when preparing the final reports. Following the physician's review, reports are edited and inserted into the patients' files.

They refer to medical handbooks to more fully understand and interpret physicians' audio notes. They attend seminars and workshops to keep informed about new medical terminology.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to decline by 2% or more from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Salary Range (National Average): $25,000 to $30,000
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: Training programs are offered by technical institutes requiring about six to nine months to receive a certificate. Two year associate degree programs are offered by many community colleges. These programs include classroom and on-the-job clinical experience covering medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, medical supplies, medication, surgical procedures, medical legal issues and laboratory procedures. Certification by the American Association of Medical Transcription is recommended and is achieved through written and practical examinations.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.