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What does a Medical Transcriptionist do?

At TalentMed, we know what it takes to be a medical transcriptionist! A career as a medical transcriptionist generally allows you to work from home and choose your own hours. Therefore, it is a very flexible and rewarding career!

But what does a medical transcriptionist actually do?

Below, we have explained how it works, where they work, and the career pathways medical transcription can lead to.

How does it work?

When we open a letter from a doctor or read a medical report, there is a very high chance that a medical transcriptionist (MT) has transcribed it. Medical transcriptionists listen to an audio of a doctor recording notes from a patient consultation and then converting this audio file into a written report. These reports are then added to the patient’s medical record.

Being able to understand what the doctor has recorded, correctly type that information, and identify any errors, is very important, as this will reduce the chances that patients will get the wrong treatments.  Therefore, a medical transcriptionist provides quality healthcare and ensures these reports are consistently accurate.

What are the career pathways for a Medical Transcriptionist?

A career as a medical transcriptionist, provides you with the opportunity for career development.  This can be based on a number of different factors such as experience, accuracy and typing speed. These positions vary depending on the organisation that you work for, and may include:

  • Intern

  • Junior typist

  • Senior typist

  • Mentor

  • Team Leader

  • Manager

Where does a Medical Transcriptionist work?

Medical transcription is a career that can be unfamiliar to many people. Usually, medical transcriptionists work from home as independent contractors. They get to fulfil their dream of working from the comfort of their own home and choose their own work hours. However, there are some medical transcriptionists who prefer to work in an office and work at hospitals, medical centres, or at a doctor’s office.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in medical transcription, there are three main career pathways available:

How can I become a Medical Transcriptionist?

Here at TalentMed, we have been able to help place our graduates on a daily basis. Our nationally recognised Diploma of Healthcare Documentation is designed to help provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to get a job and excel in this evolving field. It is currently the first and only nationally recognised course in Australia that provides both medical transcription and editing training. In addition, we have qualified trainers available from the moment you start the course, all the way through until you complete your course!

If you would like more information on how you can start your career as a medical transcriptionist, you can register for a free consultation with one of our Career Advisers below!

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About the Author:

Sarah-Louise Slade
Sarah-Louise is a Career Adviser with over 5 years experience in Vocational Education and Training. Having completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in Human Resource Management, Sarah-Louise understands the importance of having a quality education. Feel free to comment and ask questions below.


  1. Jodi GREEN 26/07/2018 at 6:12 PM - Reply

    Hello can I please ask how much the wage if once hired thanks.
    Is it paid per word, per document or a standard wage per tome etc?

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 26/07/2018 at 7:21 PM

      Hi Jodi,

      Thanks for your comment. We have a great article to help you find out about the different types rates available at https://talentmed.edu.au/medical-transcription-salary-australia/. If you have any questions, please feel free to call one of our Career Advisers on 1300 737 781, they would be most happy to help out! Thanks.

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