University of Wisconsin–Madison

Medical Transcriptionist (MT)/Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Medical Transcriptions perform typing and word processing duties to record medical information from Physicians and/or other health professionals.
  • They convert dictations by Doctors, Nurses, Therapists, and other health care providers into documents using word processors or computers. This information is printed and added to patient files and/or forwarded to other health care professionals.
  • Technology-enabled documentation called Electronic Health Record (HER) will dictate exclusive computer recording.
  • Medical Transcriptionists work in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, clinics, Physician’s offices, health transcription services, public health agencies, home health care agencies, nursing homes, and insurance companies.
  • An increasing amount of transcriptionist work is being done from home-based offices as subcontractors for hospitals, law firms, and or transcription services.
  • They often listen to recorded data from Physicians and other medical professionals and type information into a computer. They edit information for grammar and proper medical terms used in a patient’s medical record.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Medical Transcriptionists enjoy working in the field of health care and welcome the challenge of a constantly changing and expanding medical vocabulary.
  • However, the work can be very stressful due to high production and efficiency.
  • Must possess and update a thorough knowledge of medical technology, anatomy, pathology, and pharmacology.
  • Good hearing, excellent keyboarding skills, strong grammar/spelling skills, and a genuine curiosity and love of words are important.

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2014 (Wisconsin): 2,420
Number Employed in 2014 (U.S.): 70,000
Expected Employment in 2024 (U.S.): 67,800
Percent Employment Growth (2014-2024): -3%
Expected Annual Openings: 1,460
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $36,741

Salary information is located at Career One Stop

Wisconsin AHEC Health Careers Information Center provides the most current salary information available from CareerOneStop. CareerOneStop will have a lapse between when the information is gathered and when it is released.

  • Medical Transcriptionists generally work 40 hours a week.
  • Those who work in hospitals may work evening, weekend, and holidays.
  • Flexible schedules may be available to individuals employed by transcription services and those who run their own home-based businesses.
  • Experienced Medical Transcriptionists may advance to supervisory positions.
  • They may also become transcription instructors or start their own transcription service businesses.