Medical transcriptionists listen to recordings from doctors and other health professionals and use a computer to type the information into transcript form. They ensure transcripts are accurate and use proper grammar so that they can be added to medical records.
A variety of places employ medical transcriptionists, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, transcription services companies and insurance agencies. Many transcriptionists are self-employed and work from home, allowing them the freedom to choose their hours or work part-time.
Medical transcription programs take one to two years to complete and result in a diploma, certificate or associate’s degree, depending on the length of training.
Licensure and Certification
Some people choose to become certified medical transcriptionists (CMTs) by taking an exam given by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity.
Career Outlook Map of Iowa
The need for medical transcriptionists is about average. Statewide, the expected growth rate is 12%, but in the Cedar Valley area it is nearly 20%.