Medical Transcriptionists

General Information

Description

Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit72.98%
  2. Private, not for profit14.56%
  3. Self-employed10.08%
  4. State and local government1.84%
  5. Federal government0.19%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to decline 7 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 6,600 openings for medical transcriptionists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$35,270

State-by-state Salary

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$49,980
$19,600
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Post-secondary certificate 38%
  • Some college 33%
  • High school 16%
  • Associate's degree 10%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Bachelor's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Medicine and Dentistry

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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