To say the least about them, they are very special people who must possess the highest of ethics and morals. Medical Transcriptionists know more about a patient than anyone else except the physician……

Where do Medical Transcriptionists Work?

Medical Transcriptionists are professionals working in medical centers, general and specialty hospitals, clinics and group practices, radiology and pathology offices, government facilities, insurance companies, home offices, and a variety of other environments.

Medical Transcriptionists can combine their skills with clinical skills to work as medical assistants. Others become supervisors and managers in health information departments of hospitals and other environments. Some use their skills to become college teachers of Medical Transcription.

How much does Medical Transcriptionists earn?

The earnings of a medical transcriptionist vary according to:

• Skill level
• Place of employment
• Geographic area
• Method of compensation

Transcriptionists working in large metropolitan areas generally earn more than those who work in smaller cities. Transcriptionists who are paid on production often earn more than those who are paid on an hourly basis. In general, entry-level transcriptionists can expect to earn at least twice the hourly minimum wage in larger cities than in other areas. Experienced transcriptionists and those who are paid on production usually earn significantly more.

Where are there job openings for medical transcriptionists?

Job opportunities are all over the United States, Canada, and in American Hospitals in foreign countries. There is choice of work setting and also flexible scheduling with employment opportunities part-time, full-time, and work at home.

What are the skills required for medical transcription?

Skills required for the medical transcription profession include:

• Knowledge of medical terminology
• Knowledge of anatomy
• Knowledge of pharmacology
• Knowledge of human diseases, surgical procedures, diagnostic studies and laboratory tests
• Mastery of English grammar, structure, and style
• A knowledge of transcription practices
• Typing skill
• Spelling and proofreading skills
• High professional standards

Medical transcriptionists are very special people. They sign their initials on every finished transcribed medical document. They are experts in word processing units, computers, mag cards, memory banks and more. Most important, however, is that the medical transcriptionist is a practitioner of communication, who creates sense out of many diverse accents.

This article is just a brief summary of what a Medical Transcriptionist truly is.

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