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Medical Transcriptionist
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Occupation Overview

This occupation is in the data entry category of Information Technology (IT) jobs because of its heavy use of computer skills.

As the population ages, more and more people are seeking medical attention. Most visits to hospitals result in physicians dictating (recording) notes of patients' office visits and operations. These recordings must then be typed on a computer and edited before becoming a part of the permanent medical record. This is the job of the Medical Transcriptionist: transcribing the work of several physicians and sometimes, other medical personnel, regarding many different patients. An extensive understanding of medical terminology is developed during the training for these jobs, and these jobs are available throughout the country.

For anyone interested in healthcare, but not working with patients directly, this job can be very interesting.


Future Growth Opportunities

Opportunities for Advancement:

Medical Transcription Manager.

Skills Transferable to:

Medical Assistant, Medical Secretary, Health Claims Processor (for insurance companies), Data Entry Clerk, and Desktop Publisher.


Job Descriptions

Inexperienced ($12-14/hr.)

Experienced ($12-18/hr.)

Medical Transcriptionists listen to recordings of physicians dictating a variety of medical reports, such as those reports made after office visits and operations, and during chart reviews. An extensive medical vocabulary is developed during training, enabling one to understand language, jargon and abbreviations related to medical diagnosis and treatment. Medical Transcriptionists also apply editing skills to the dictation, resulting in a readable final product.

Part-time work is available in this profession, and some people successfully perform this work from a home-based office. In fact, almost 25% of Medical Transcriptionists are self-employed. Flexible hours are also available at medical facilities, where transcription is performed days and evenings, sometimes seven days a week.

Excellent keyboard skills are required for this job. Some training programs even require the ability to type 40 words per minute before being accepted.

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