Medical Transcriptionists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-2.2% (decline)


What Medical Transcriptionists Do

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.

Other Job Titles Medical Transcriptionists May Have

Clinical Medical Transcriptionist, Documentation Specialist, Medical Language Specialist, Medical Scribe, Medical Transcriber, Medical Transcriptionist, Pathology Transcriptionist, Radiology Transcriptionist, Scribe, Transcriptionist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Medical Scribe ,

Hoag Hospital Emergency Room

Within each shift, I work with the side providers, whether it’s the doctor or physician assistant. I follow the patient’s visit from their chief complaint up until their discharge. I document the reason as to why they came into the ER, the symptoms they’ve been experiencing, and any past medical history that might contribute to their visit. I help decide if they are safe to go home, if they need any prescriptions, or if they need admittance for further care.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
  • Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient-care information, statistics, medical research, and administrative material.
  • Identify mistakes in reports and check with doctors to obtain the correct information.
  • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.
  • Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports, such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation, or discharge summaries.

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