A high school diploma is required. Employers prefer those who have completed a vocational or community college program. Becoming a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) improves one's chances of finding a job. Information on certification, along with other career tips, is available through the American Association for Medical Transcription (www.aamt.org).
The next section in this report ("Bay Area Education/Training Resources") provides detailed information on some of the training programs available for Medical Transcriptionsists.