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Medical Transcriptionists

Also called: Medical Secretary, Medical Transcriptionist, Radiology Transcriptionist, Transcriptionist

What they 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Take dictation using shorthand, a stenotype machine, or headsets and transcribing machines.
  • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
  • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.


  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • medicine and dentistry


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Visual Understanding
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Word processing software
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Microsoft Word
Medical software
  • MedQuist DocQment Enterprise Platform
  • Misys Healthcare Systems software
Voice recognition software
  • Crescendo Systems DigiScribe-XL
  • g-net solutions MTP


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
certificate after high school or
some college
usually needed

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