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25 Associates's Degrees Annually
#183 in Popularity (Associate's)
$36,350 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Transcription Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical transcription/transcriptionist graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 91
Undergraduate Certificate 37
Associate Degree 13

What Medical Transcription Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, medical transcription/transcriptionist majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist Majors

Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to medical transcription/transcriptionist:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist Majors

Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Medical Transcription?

13 Associate's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
23% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 85% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical transcription/transcriptionist majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 10
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

How Much Do Medical Transcription Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist majors often go into careers with median salaries of $36,350. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with medical transcription/transcriptionist require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for medical transcription/transcriptionist careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 11.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 55.5%
Some College Courses 25.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 7.7%

Online Medical Transcription Programs

In 2019-2020, 87 schools offered a medical transcription/transcriptionist program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 58 6
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 13 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Medical Transcription Worth It?

The median salary for a medical transcription/transcriptionist grad is $36,350 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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Major Number of Grads
Health Care Management 28,132
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8,648
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 8,607
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 8,181
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 6,986
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 4,793
Hospital & Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 4,284
Medical Office Management/Administration 3,474
Health Information Management 2,978
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 2,148
Medical/Health Management & Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1,087
Medical Reception/Receptionist 693
Long Term Care Administration/Management 409
Clinical Research Coordinator 303
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant 243
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 114
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 28
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 15
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor 12
Disease Registry Data Management 10

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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