Medical Transcriptionists

Health Science > Health Informatics

Projected Growth: Decline

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.

Common job titles of Medical Transcriptionists include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 55.53% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.

  • 25.6% said they needed a Some College Courses.


    Identify mistakes in reports and check with doctors to obtain the correct information.

    Receive and screen telephone calls and visitors.

    Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.

    Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports, such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation, or discharge summaries.

    Distinguish between homonyms and recognize inconsistencies and mistakes in medical terms, referring to dictionaries, drug references, and other sources on anatomy, physiology, and medicine.

    Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.

    Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records.

    Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient-care information, statistics, medical research, and administrative material.

    Take dictation using shorthand, a stenotype machine, or headsets and transcribing machines.

    Perform data entry and data retrieval services, providing data for inclusion in medical records and for transmission to physicians.

    Set up and maintain medical files and databases, including records such as x-ray, lab, and procedure reports, medical histories, diagnostic workups, admission and discharge summaries, and clinical resumes.

    Perform a variety of clerical and office tasks, such as handling incoming and outgoing mail, completing and submitting insurance claims, typing, filing, or operating office machines.

    Decide which information should be included or excluded in reports.

    Receive patients, schedule appointments, and maintain patient records.

    Answer inquiries concerning the progress of medical cases, within the limits of confidentiality laws.


Transcribing equipment

Postage meters

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Multi-line telephone systems

Laser printers

Laser facsimile machines

All Tools


Desktop transcribers

Desktop computers


Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS

Allscripts Misys Healthcare Systems

Boston Bar Systems Corporation Sonnet

Bytescribe Development Company WavPlayer

Calendar software

Corel WordPerfect

Crescendo Systems Corporation MedRite-XL

All Technologies

Crescendo Systems DigiScribe-XL

dBASE Plus

Electronic medical record EMR systems

Emmaus MPWord

FileMaker Pro

g-net solutions MTP

Integrated Systems Management OmniMD

Medical terminology databases

MedQuist DocQment Enterprise Platform

Narratek Smartype

Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical

Patient billing software


Precision Data Solutions VoicePower

SpectraMedi EasyFlow


SpeedUp Trans

Spellex AccuCount

Spreadsheet software

Sylvan Software Complete Medical Pharmaceutical Spell Checker

Sylvan Software DropChute Pro

Sylvan Software ShortCut

Voice recognition software


Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

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