|Quick Facts: Medical Transcriptionists|
|2010 Median Pay||
$32,900 per year
$15.82 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||95,100|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||6% (Slower than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||5,600|
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, 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.
Medical transcriptionists typically need postsecondary training. Prospective medical transcriptionists must have an understanding both of grammar and of word-processing software.
The median annual wage of medical transcriptionists was $32,900 in May 2010.
Employment of medical transcriptionists is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations.
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