Medical Transcriptionists
SOC: 31-9094.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,000 employed

Projected (2024):
67,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Coding Specialist
  • Certified Medical Coder
  • Certified Medical Transcriptionist
  • Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Clinical Medical Transcriptionist
  • Data Transcriber
  • Documentation Specialist
  • Medical Administrative Specialist
  • Medical Coding Technician
  • Medical Language Specialist
  • Medical Record Transcriber
  • Medical Secretary
  • Medical Stenographer
  • Medical Transcriber
  • Medical Transcription
  • Medical Transcription Supervisor
  • Medical Transcription-Radiology
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Pathology Transcriptionist
  • Provider Scribe
  • Radiology Transcriptionist
  • Radiology Transcriptionist/Radiology Clerk
  • Registered Medical Transcriptionist
  • Senior Medical Transcriptionist
  • Transcriber
  • Transcribing Machine Operator
  • Transcription Coordinator
  • Transcription Specialist
  • Transcriptionist

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    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.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media

  • Tasks:

  • Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports, such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation, or discharge summaries.
  • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.
  • Distinguish between homonyms and recognize inconsistencies and mistakes in medical terms, referring to dictionaries, drug references, and other sources on anatomy, physiology, and medicine.
  • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
  • Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records.
  • Identify mistakes in reports and check with doctors to obtain the correct information.
  • Perform data entry and data retrieval services, providing data for inclusion in medical records and for transmission to physicians.
  • Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient-care information, statistics, medical research, and administrative material.
  • Answer inquiries concerning the progress of medical cases, within the limits of confidentiality laws.
  • 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, and operating office machines.
  • Decide which information should be included or excluded in reports.
  • Receive patients, schedule appointments, and maintain patient records.
  • Receive and screen telephone calls and visitors.
  • Take dictation using shorthand, a stenotype machine, or headsets and transcribing machines.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Desktop computers
  • Desktop transcribers
  • Dictaphones
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser printers
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Postage meters
  • Transcribing equipment
  • Boston Bar Systems Corporation Sonnet
  • Bytescribe Development Company WavPlayer
  • Calendar software
  • Corel WordPerfect software
  • Crescendo Systems Corporation MedRite-XL
  • Crescendo Systems DigiScribe-XL
  • Data entry software
  • Database software
  • dBASE Plus
  • Electronic medical record EMR systems
  • Email software
  • Emmaus MPWord
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • g-net solutions MTP
  • Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS software
  • Integrated Systems Management OmniMD
  • Medical terminology databases
  • MedQuist DocQment Enterprise Platform
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Misys Healthcare Systems software
  • Narratek Smartype
  • Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking Medical
  • Patient billing software
  • Precision Data Solutions VoicePower
  • SpectraMedi EasyFlow
  • SpeedType
  • SpeedUp Trans
  • Spellex AccuCount
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Sylvan Software Complete Medical Pharmaceutical Spell Checker
  • Sylvan Software DropChute Pro
  • Sylvan Software ShortCut
  • Voice recognition software
  • Web browser software
  • Word processing software

  • healthcare support

    industry stats

    SOC: 31-0000

    Total Employed: 3,989,910

    Average Annual Salary: $29,520