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Medical Transcription is a profession that offers great flexibility and unique employment opportunities. It offers the opportunity to work from home in the growing medical industry. The field currently holds 2 important roles:

  • Medical transcriptionists type the audio dictations of doctor-patient interactions, creating the reports that make up a patient’s medical record.
  • Medical transcription editors are specialized medical transcriptionists who correct and edit reports generated by speech recognition software.

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of professionals in the field earn between $27,090 and $38,590 annually.

Employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow by 11% from 2008 – 2018, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for medical transcription services will continue to be spurred by a growing aging population.

A high level of demand for transcription services also will be sustained by the continued need for electronic documentation that can be shared easily among providers, third-party payers, regulators, consumers, and health information systems. Growing numbers of medical transcriptionists will be needed to amend patients’ records, edit documents from speech recognition systems, and identify discrepancies in medical reports.

Job opportunities will be good, especially for those who are certified. Hospitals will continue to employ a large percentage of medical transcriptionists, but job growth will also be in physicians’ offices, especially in large group practices.