Administration & Office Support

Medical Transcriptionist

Medical transcriptionists listen to and transcribe medical reports recorded by medical doctors and other healthcare practitioners.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

    Private training course

  • Job outlook

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What does a Medical Transcriptionist do?

Medical transcriptionists listen to and transcribe medical reports recorded by medical doctors, medical specialists and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices. They also review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology. They interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents.

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Work activities

Medical transcriptionists may perform the following tasks:

  • transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices
  • check and revise medical documents created using speech recognition technology
  • review and edit transcribed reports and translate abbreviations into full understandable form
  • return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction
  • include reports in patients' medical records.
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Key skills and interests

To become a medical transcriptionist, you would need:

  • excellent organisational and time management skills
  • excellent typing, word processing and administration skills
  • excellent English grammar, spelling and comprehension skills
  • a good understanding of medical terminology
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • the ability to work as part of a team
  • tact and diplomacy when dealing with sensitive information.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would normally work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. Part-time work should be readily available. If you are self-employed, you would be able to set your own hours.

Conditions

Most medical transcriptionists work for hospitals, private medical practices, and third-party transcription service companies that provide transcription services to healthcare establishments. Some are self-employed and work from home using digital files.

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How to become an Medical Transcriptionist?

Entry Level Education

Employers prefer to hire transcriptionists who have completed training in medical transcription, which is offered as a VET qualification, and by a number of private training colleges and community colleges, including through distance learning.

Some courses require you to already have a working knowledge of medical terminology, as well as well-developed word processing skills.

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Job outlook

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Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations. The growing volume of healthcare services is expected to continue to increase demand for transcription services.

However, employment growth will be limited due to increased productivity stemming from technology such as speech recognition software.

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