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Medical Transcriptionists

Medical Transcriptionists
Quick Facts : Medical Transcriptionists*
2010 Median Pay$32,900
Entry Level EducationPostsecondary non-degree award
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201295,100
Job Outlook6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change5,600

Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other health professionals make and convert them into written reports. They interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients? medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents. Medical transcriptionists work for hospitals, physician's offices, or third-party transcription service providers, or they are self-employed.

What Medical Transcriptionists Do

  • Listen to the recorded dictation of a doctor or other health professional
  • Edit drafts prepared by speech recognition software, making sure that the transcription is correct and has a consistent style
  • Translate medical abbreviations or jargon into the appropriate long form
  • Submit written reports for physicians to approve
  • Follow patient confidentiality guidelines and legal documentation requirements

Work Environment

Medical transcriptionists work for hospitals, physicians' offices, or third-party transcription service providers, or they are self-employed. Many transcriptionists work from home offices, receiving dictation and submitting drafts electronically.
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Job Outlook

Employment of medical transcriptionists is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020.
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In May 2010 the average salary of medical transcriptionists was $32,900.
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Becoming a Medical Transcriptionists

Employers prefer to hire transcriptionists who have completed postsecondary training in medical transcription, which is offered by many vocational schools, community colleges, and distance-learning programs. A 1-year certificate program or 2-year associate's degree normally includes coursework in anatomy, medical terminology, legal issues relating to healthcare documentation, and English grammar and punctuation.
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