$27.28 to $33.17 per hour
Grade 12 diploma
Medical transcription certificate
Medical transcriptionists translate information on a patient’s encounter from oral (dictation) form to text (transcription). This process has changed over the years with introduction of new technology, such that medical transcriptionists are now not only responsible for typing the report, but they also act as editors – proofreading reports that are automatically converted from oral to written format through the use of speech recognition technology. As a medical language specialist, they must have the knowledge and skill set to produce accurate reports, examples of which include:
The transcribed report is distributed as required to support the continuity of patient care. Other providers involved in the immediate care of the patient are provided with a copy of the report, as well as a copy for the paper chart.
Medical transcriptionists will spend the vast majority of their time working on the computers. They work at a variety of health and community facilities; however, many medical transcriptionists currently work from home. They may work full-time or part-time hours. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts.