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What does a Medical Transcriptionist do?

With a changing economy putting an end to some industries and drastically down-sizing others, people looking for career stability should focus on areas of the economy that are expected to see growing demand in the years ahead. With a US population that is both growing and aging, health care is likely to be one such area.

There are many different ways to take advantage of the expected growth in health care, and medical transcriptionist is an example of a job in this sector you can prepare for with the right vocational training.

Job requirements for medical transcriptionists

In the most fundamental terms, medical transcriptionists transfer recordings from doctors and other health care professionals into written form, such as medical records, memos, and correspondence. However, because of the nature of health care, doing this demands a great deal of responsibility. Medical transcriptionists need to be precise and need to have an understanding of formal medical terminology as well as industry jargon and abbreviations. They often need to work within time constraints, and follow prescribed record-keeping and communication procedures.

To prepare for this job, you must familiarize yourself with medical terms, be able to transcribe quickly and accurately, know the basics of health care documentation procedures, and have a working knowledge of common computer tools. While there are no universal educational requirements for medical transcriptionists, many employers look for candidates who have demonstrated some proficiency in these diverse job responsibilities via the completion of a one-year certification or two-year associate degree program.

Career opportunities for medical transcriptionsists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment growth in the years ahead is expected to be steady, roughly matching the overall growth rate of the job market. Perhaps best of all, you can find job opportunities with a variety of different employers, including doctor's and dentist's offices, medical laboratories, hospitals, research facilities, and independent administrative support providers.

Geographically, high-paying states for medical transcriptionsists include Massachusetts and New Jersey in the east, and California, Hawaii, and Alaska in the west. In terms of types of employer, the highest wages for medical transcriptionists are typically found in medical and diagnostic laboratories.

If you are interested in making sure you train for a career that is likely to be in demand several years down the road, consider the fact that the need for health care will always be with us. As a medical transcriptionist, you can make a career of helping to meet that need.

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