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A Day In The Life Of A Medical Transcriptionist


If you've been thinking about entering the medical support industry, maybe as a medical transcriptionist, then you may be wondering just what the typical day on the job looks like.

An Overview Of Your Career

Medical transcriptionists are an essential part of the healthcare process. You take the recorded and jotted notes doctors and other caregivers make, and transcribe and consolidate them into a central database so they are available to all of the medical personnel taking care of a patient.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average medical transcriptionist makes an annual salary of $35K a year.

Where You Work

Medical transcriptionists rarely, if ever, interact with patients directly. However, your role is nonetheless crucial. Some are employed by healthcare offices, or you may be self-employed. Some transcriptionists work in a doctor's office or a hospital; others work from home. You may decide to work full time, while others could choose part-time work. One of the nice things about this career is that it adapts well to a variety of needs and lifestyles.

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In a typical day, you will listen to recordings from doctors and enter them into a computer database. Often, you have to translate abbreviations and a doctor's particular shorthand into language that a broader audience will be able to understand.

A good medical transcriptionist not only needs to know medical terminology but also medical coding and speech recognition software. Familiarity with anatomy and physiology is also a plus.

Let’s Get Started!

A one-year course in medical transcription is usually required to enter this field. This education will earn you a certificate. Or, you can earn an associate degree in medical transcription, which usually takes about two years to complete. It all begins with finding a school near you!

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