|Quick Facts: Medical Transcriptionists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$34,020 per year
$16.36 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Postsecondary non-degree award|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||84,100|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||8% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||6,400|
Medical transcriptionists listen to voice recordings that physicians and other healthcare professionals make and convert them into written reports. They may also review and edit medical documents created using speech recognition technology. Transcriptionists interpret medical terminology and abbreviations in preparing patients’ medical histories, discharge summaries, and other documents.
Most medical transcriptionists work for hospitals, physicians' offices, and third-party transcription service companies that provide transcription services to healthcare establishments. Others are self-employed.
Medical transcriptionists typically need postsecondary training. Prospective medical transcriptionists must have an understanding of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, grammar, and word-processing software.
The median annual wage for medical transcriptionists was $34,020 in May 2012.
Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The growing volume of healthcare services is expected to continue to increase demand for transcription services. However, employment growth will be limited due to increased productivity stemming from technological advances.
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