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What Is a Medical Transcriptionist?

Mar 25, 2010

Medical transcriptionists work in doctor's offices, or for insurance companies or hospitals, and their primary duty is to transcribe (write down) dictated information in a clear and understandable manner. This information is usually recorded on patient charts, and the job can be challenging as not all recorded information will be complete, or the transcriptionist may have to piece together information from different parts of the tape.

To become a medical transcriptionist you must complete a medical transcriptionist course, which is available through community colleges, distance education, or online learning. The course usually takes about one year. During training you will learn about the human anatomy, medical terms, and legal issues. You will also receive on the job training.

The average salary for a medical transcriptionist is $32,060 per year, although this depends on your level of training and expertise. Generally the faster you can work, the more you get paid.

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