Publishing or Transcriptionist Associate Degrees

A publishing transcriptionist associate degree program will generally prepare you for a career as a transcriptionist in the field you choose to study. Learn about the courses you can take, as well as what careers may be available to you. Schools offering Medical Transcription degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Will I Learn in an Associate Degree Program?

An associate degree program in transcription combines a foundation in secretarial and office administration skills with a specialization in transcription skills for a publishing environment. You will learn how to create written or typed records and digital documents of conversations, memos and dictations. You will also hone your communications skills by learning how to edit and proofread transcribed documents for accuracy. For this associate degree, it is necessary to be organized, efficient and hard working. Possible classes include:

  • Administrative office procedures
  • Intro to transcription
  • Document editing and proofreading
  • Digital communication technology

Common CoursesCommunication strategies, editing and proofreading, basic transcription techniques, administrative tasks and procedures
Types of TranscriptionMedical, technical, administrative/secretarial
Additional RequirementsCertificate in related field may be required before enrolling in associate degree program
Career OptionsMedical transcriptionist, secretary or office assistant, court reporter
Median Salary (2018)$57,150 (for court reporters)*
Job Outlook (2016-26)3% (for all court reporters)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Kinds of Transcription Are Available?

There are many kinds of transcription available, including medical, technical and administrative. Certificates and technical diplomas in medical assisting or medical transcription are available to those hoping to gain a background in medical transcription prior to enrolling in a medical-related associate degree program.

What is the Career Outlook for Transcriptionists?

Publishing transcription is a highly specialized field, but an associate degree in the area can lead to employment in several fields. Associate degree holders can obtain jobs in a variety of work environments, such as medical transcription, court reporting or secretary and administrative assisting.

In May 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the mean annual wages for medical transcriptionists, court reporters and secretary and administrative assistants were $36,350, $62,390 and $38,030, respectively. Employment for court reporters is expected to grow slower than the national average from 2016-2026, whereas medical transcriptionists and secretaries and administrative assistants can expect a decline in employment for the same time span.

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