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Medical transcriptionists are responsible for transcribing recordings of medical reports onto computer documents, editing as needed for clarity, proper medical terminology, and grammatical accuracy. The reports typically describe patient conditions and medical procedures and are usually dictated by physicians and other health care professionals onto tape or digital voice files.

Medical transcriptionists need to be able to understand medical lingo and must be able to translate abbreviated or shortened terms into their full form. Ideally, they should also have a good understanding of diagnostic procedures and have knowledge in physiology, anatomy and pharmacology. The job requires compliance with medical record formatting requirements and also with ethical requirements to ensure patient confidentiality.

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Medical Transcriptionist Schools and Programs

The typical education requirement for medical transcriptionists is an associate degree or a certificate in medical transcription earned through one of the following:

  • Community college
  • Distance learning program
  • Vocational school

A medical transcriptionist program is typically one year, and often includes hands-on training with real transcription assignments. Coursework typically includes material related to:

  • Medical terminology
  • Human anatomy
  • Legal ramifications of health care documentation
  • English grammar

Though formal accreditation is not required for medical transcription programs, many employers prefer to hire those whose degree or certificate has accreditation behind it. For those seeking certification, completion of an accredited program may be required. The Approval Committee for Certificate Programs (AACP), established jointly by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), offers a voluntary accreditation which has been granted to many medical transcription programs.

As health care professionals move toward innovative software that makes transcribing easier and faster, learning all you can about computers and voice recognition technology can offer a boost for your career in the future. The technology also allows for easy transference of files.

Medical Transcriptionist Certification

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) offers two designations for medical transcriptionists. Both are voluntary, but many employers prefer to hire someone who has earned a professional designation.

  • RMT: Registered Medical Transcriptionist. Those who have fewer than two years of experience in acute care or who have just graduated from a medical transcriptionist program are eligible for this designation. Passing the AHDI Level 1 exam is a requirement to earn the RMT, as well as a minimum of 30 hours in continuing education credits over a span of three years. As an added perk, those who earn the RMT are eligible to join the Registered Apprenticeship Program, a service of the U.S. Department of Labor that includes on-the-job learning and technical instruction.
  • CMT: Certified Medical Transcriptionist. Those who have more than two years of acute care experience with a wide variety of transcription experience are eligible for the CMT. It also requires a passing score on the certification exam, as well as an online class and other pertinent testing.

In addition to registration or certification, qualified applicants should have excellent hearing, a firm grasp of the English language, good grammar skills, knowledge of medical jargon and a working proficiency with computers and applicable software.

Apprenticeships for Medical Transcriptionists

In order to become a medical transcriptionist, it's usually a good idea to have some type of postsecondary training. However, there are other educational options for those interested in the field. The Medical Transcription Industry Association (MTIA), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, sponsors a Registered Apprenticeship Program for medical transcriptionists. In order to be eligible for this program, a candidate needs to have graduated from an ACCP approved program and also to have earned the RMT credential. The program offers a structured form of on-the-job learning and related technical instruction.

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Medical Transcriptionists

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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Birmingham 140 $37,730
Hoover 140 $37,730
Mobile 70 $35,350
Dothan 50 $32,430
Huntsville 50 $36,510
Tuscaloosa 40 $34,830
Montgomery N/A $19,490
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 40 $55,420
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 560 $34,920
Mesa 560 $34,920
Phoenix 560 $34,920
Tucson 110 $39,420
Flagstaff 40 $39,860
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 220 $30,410
North Little Rock 220 $30,410
Little Rock 220 $30,410
Jonesboro 30 $33,200
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 1150 $50,410
Long Beach 1150 $50,410
Los Angeles 1150 $50,410
San Francisco 510 $31,160
Oakland 510 $31,160
Hayward 510 $31,160
Arcade 390 $48,000
Roseville 390 $48,000
Sacramento 390 $48,000
Arden 390 $48,000
San Diego 260 $47,250
Carlsbad 260 $47,250
Ontario 190 $53,250
San Bernardino 190 $53,250
Riverside 190 $53,250
Chico 130 $45,670
Sunnyvale 130 $53,230
Santa Clara 130 $53,230
San Jose 130 $53,230
Bakersfield 100 $43,830
Fresno 70 $40,410
Porterville 50 $32,420
Visalia 50 $32,420
Modesto 50 $39,420
Ventura 30 $44,140
Oxnard 30 $44,140
Thousand Oaks 30 $44,140
Redding 30 $63,810
Stockton N/A $44,600
Lodi N/A $44,600
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 520 $33,780
Denver 520 $33,780
Aurora 520 $33,780
Boulder 50 $31,440
Grand Junction 30 $27,500
Pueblo 30 $38,710
Colorado Springs N/A $29,100
Fort Collins N/A $31,480
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 250 $42,480
West Hartford 250 $42,480
Hartford 250 $42,480
New Haven 100 $44,630
Stamford 80 $43,000
Norwalk 80 $43,000
Bridgeport 80 $43,000
Waterbury 40 $33,760
Danbury 40 $46,930
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 70 $24,130
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tampa 1630 $39,200
Clearwater 1630 $39,200
St. Petersburg 1630 $39,200
Sanford 1300 $25,780
Kissimmee 1300 $25,780
Orlando 1300 $25,780
West Palm Beach 770 $36,570
Miami 770 $36,570
Fort Lauderdale 770 $36,570
Jacksonville 390 $35,290
Cape Coral 140 $33,230
Fort Myers 140 $33,230
Daytona Beach 110 $31,310
Ormond Beach 110 $31,310
Deltona 110 $31,310
Bradenton 80 $31,820
Sarasota 80 $31,820
North Port 80 $31,820
Tallahassee 70 $30,850
Lakeland 50 $34,290
Winter Haven 50 $34,290
Port St. Lucie 50 $39,510
Ferry Pass 40 $32,360
Brent 40 $32,360
Pensacola 40 $32,360
Immokalee 40 $33,920
Marco Island 40 $33,920
Naples 40 $33,920
Palm Bay N/A $28,540
Melbourne N/A $28,540
Titusville N/A $28,540
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 980 $37,450
Atlanta 980 $37,450
Sandy Springs 980 $37,450
Savannah 50 $36,080
Clarke County 40 $33,720
Athens 40 $33,720
Dalton 30 $32,450
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 120 $24,200
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 240 $30,550
Idaho Falls N/A $22,660
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 60 $35,000
Springfield 40 $35,110
Rockford 40 $37,450
Carbondale 30 $40,690
Marion 30 $40,690
Decatur N/A $26,420
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 220 $37,830
Anderson 220 $37,830
Carmel 220 $37,830
Fort Wayne 100 $35,450
Elkhart 40 $36,060
Goshen 40 $36,060
La Porte 30 $35,020
Michigan City 30 $35,020
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 90 $38,970
Des Moines 90 $38,970
Cedar Falls 40 $32,440
Waterloo 40 $32,440
Ames N/A $35,520
Cedar Rapids N/A $43,630
Iowa City N/A $46,860
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 200 $34,030
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 160 $39,830
Lexington 160 $39,830
Fort Knox N/A $31,510
Elizabethtown N/A $31,510
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 340 $24,390
New Orleans 250 $26,700
Metairie 250 $26,700
Lafayette 110 $31,260
Bossier City 100 $34,570
Shreveport 100 $34,570
Alexandria 50 $30,460
Monroe N/A $29,260
Lake Charles N/A $31,670
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 120 $34,770
Portland 120 $34,770
Bangor N/A $23,690
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson N/A $27,540
Columbia N/A $27,540
Baltimore N/A $27,540
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 40 $44,640
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Detroit 630 $35,170
Dearborn 630 $35,170
Warren 630 $35,170
Grand Rapids 300 $27,340
Wyoming 300 $27,340
Saginaw 110 $33,130
Kalamazoo 40 $35,750
Portage 40 $35,750
Flint 30 $19,180
Lansing N/A $37,950
East Lansing N/A $37,950
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 110 $42,960
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hattiesburg 40 $28,450
Jackson 40 $32,230
Pascagoula N/A $33,610
Biloxi N/A $33,610
Gulfport N/A $33,610
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 50 $39,130
Springfield 50 $42,300
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 40 $40,970
Missoula N/A $34,430
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 80 $36,090
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 330 $31,480
Henderson 330 $31,480
Las Vegas 330 $31,480
Reno N/A $37,400
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 50 $39,100
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 110 $34,370
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheektowaga 240 $36,920
Buffalo 240 $36,920
Niagara Falls 240 $36,920
Rochester 190 $34,700
Syracuse 160 $33,730
Troy 90 $33,480
Schenectady 90 $33,480
Albany 90 $33,480
Utica 60 $36,820
Rome 60 $36,820
Glens Falls 30 $36,180
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Greensboro 190 $30,580
High Point 190 $30,580
Winston 180 $18,930
Salem 180 $18,930
Wilmington 70 $38,010
Asheville 40 $35,310
Goldsboro 30 $35,600
Lenoir 30 $35,990
Hickory 30 $35,990
Morganton 30 $35,990
Raleigh N/A $27,380
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 60 $36,040
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Elyria 410 $37,090
Cleveland 410 $37,090
Columbus 320 $36,920
Toledo 120 $38,110
Akron 100 $35,100
Dayton 90 $37,680
Canton 80 $30,710
Massillon 80 $30,710
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 150 $36,210
Tulsa 130 $34,770
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 90 $42,180
Salem 70 $37,390
Medford 60 $39,070
Albany 60 $43,250
Redmond 40 $38,810
Bend 40 $38,810
Grants Pass N/A $28,450
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 600 $36,020
Hazleton 210 $34,530
Scranton 210 $34,530
Wilkes 210 $34,530
Barre 210 $34,530
Harrisburg 110 $36,310
Carlisle 110 $36,310
Lancaster 100 $38,010
York 90 $38,190
Hanover 90 $38,190
Erie 50 $32,410
Lebanon 30 $31,290
Chambersburg 30 $44,350
Waynesboro 30 $44,350
Reading N/A $34,050
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 100 $25,960
Carolina 100 $25,960
San Juan 100 $25,960
Ponce 40 $21,830
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 150 $30,700
Mauldin 150 $30,700
Greenville 150 $30,700
Columbia 130 $31,170
Charleston 120 $36,870
North Charleston 120 $36,870
Spartanburg 70 $41,310
Florence N/A $36,670
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 200 $32,690
Rapid City 110 $30,920
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 490 $32,270
Nashville 490 $32,270
Murfreesboro 490 $32,270
Davidson 490 $32,270
Knoxville 290 $32,380
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 1550 $41,270
Fort Worth 1550 $41,270
Arlington 1550 $41,270
Houston 750 $40,910
The Woodlands 750 $40,910
Sugar Land 750 $40,910
New Braunfels 740 $19,120
San Antonio 740 $19,120
Austin 140 $36,760
Round Rock 140 $36,760
Tyler 100 $30,920
Edinburg 80 $35,550
Mission 80 $35,550
McAllen 80 $35,550
Lubbock 70 $31,460
Amarillo 60 $35,580
Corpus Christi 60 $35,790
Longview 50 $36,160
Sherman 40 $30,200
Denison 40 $30,200
Wichita Falls 40 $33,190
Abilene N/A $44,030
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 100 $38,400
Clearfield 60 $34,560
Ogden 60 $34,560
Orem 40 $19,070
Provo 40 $19,070
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 320 $29,930
Blacksburg 30 $31,790
Radford 30 $31,790
Christiansburg 30 $31,790
Roanoke N/A $33,030
Lynchburg N/A $35,140
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 1150 $42,740
Seattle 1150 $42,740
Tacoma 1150 $42,740
Spokane Valley 130 $35,970
Spokane 130 $35,970
Yakima 50 $43,480
Wenatchee 40 $37,930
Mount Vernon 30 $33,870
Anacortes 30 $33,870
Richland N/A $40,970
Kennewick N/A $40,970
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 90 $30,630
Charleston 80 $31,550
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 390 $38,140
West Allis 390 $38,140
Milwaukee 390 $38,140
Eau Claire 110 $36,570
Madison 110 $38,700
Neenah 70 $35,770
Oshkosh 70 $35,770
Appleton 70 $36,360
Green Bay 50 $36,530
Janesville 40 $43,040
Beloit 40 $43,040
Wausau 30 $37,310

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Medical Transcriptionists

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Medical Transcriptionists

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hospital 37,340 43% $33,000
Medical Office 31,210 36% $31,470
Office Services And Staffing 14,050 16% $30,340
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