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Medical Transcriptionist

Industry: Healthcare
Area: Information

Medical transcriptionists listen to dictated recordings made by physicians and other health care professionals and transcribe them into medical reports, correspondence, and other administrative material. They generally listen to recordings on a special headset, using a foot pedal to pause the recording when necessary, and key the text into a personal computer or word processor, editing as necessary for grammar or clarity.Experienced transcriptionists spot mistakes or inconsistencies in a medical report and check back with the individual who dictated the information to make corrections. Their ability to understand and correctly transcribe patient assessments and treatments reduces the chance of patients receiving ineffective or even harmful treatments and ensures high quality patient care.

Medical transcriptionists who work in physicians offices and clinics may have other office duties, such as receiving patients, scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, and handling incoming and outgoing mail.

Work Settings

About two out of five transcriptionists work in hospitals. Another two out of five work in physicians, offices and clinics. Others work for laboratories, colleges and universities, transcription services, and temporary help agencies. Transcriptionists may work out of their homes using personal computers connected to medical offices or hospitals.

Job Outlook

Expected to grow faster than average through 2010


$18,000 - $35,000 (NYS Avg. $27,380)

Work Schedule

Standard 40-hour week.

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