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Did you know...Experienced medical transcriptionists earn between $14 and $33 per hour depending on education, experience and certification status.
About Medical Transcription
Medical transcription is the process of accurately and rapidly converting medical data dictated by physicians and other medical personnel into a typed and printed document to be used as part of a patient's permanent medical record.
This data might include a patient's:
Transcribing medical records accurately is critical to a person's health because the information:
To perform their duties, medical transcriptionists should:
Medical transcriptionists have the flexibility to work in different environments such as:
Medical transcriptionists often advance into:
Career Opportunities and Salary Ranges
According to the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment opportunities for medical transcriptionists are projected to grow by 11 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for medical transcription services will continue to be spurred by a growing and aging population. Older age groups receive proportionally greater numbers of medical tests, treatments and procedures that require documentation.
Contracting out transcription work overseas and advancements in speech recognition technology are not expected to significantly reduce the need for well-trained medical transcriptionists.
In 2010, the mean hourly wage for entry-level medical transcriptionists in Florida was $11.10 per hour. The average hourly wage for experienced medical transcriptionists in Central Florida was $16.48 per hour. Wages can vary based on education, experience, certification status and ability to produce high "line counts" of accurate transcription (Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation's 2010 Labor Market Statistics).
The Occupational Outlook Handbook also notes that:
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