Medical transcriptionists, sometimes referred to as healthcare documentation specialists, listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare workers make and convert them into written reports. They may also review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology. Transcriptionists interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents.
- Education Requirements: Medical transcription programs are typically 1-year certificate programs, although there are also associate’s degree programs.
- Soft Skills: Computer skills, critical thinking and listening skills
- Average Annual Salary: $35,700
- 3 in state school: Central Oregon Community College (Bend, OR), Treasure Valley Community College (Ontario, OR), Linn Benton Community College (Albany, OR)
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