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Medical Transcriptionists

Use transcribing machines with headset and foot pedal to listen to recordings by physicians and other healthcare professionals dictating a variety of medical reports, such as emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form to the dictator for review and signature, or correction.   (O'Net 31-9094.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Certified Coding Specialist, Certified Medical Coder, Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Data Transcriber, Documentation Specialist, Medical Administrative Specialist   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2013
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 13.41   $ 15.55   $ 17.94   $ 20.94   $ 23.34   $ 18.33  
    Yearly $ 27,900   $ 32,350   $ 37,320   $ 43,560   $ 48,540   $ 38,120  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 13.27   $ 15.92   $ 19.22   $ 21.87   $ 25.64   $ 19.17  
    Yearly $ 27,600   $ 33,120   $ 39,970   $ 45,490   $ 53,320   $ 39,880  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 13.13   $ 15.14   $ 17.20   $ 20.01   $ 22.63   $ 17.68  
    Yearly $ 27,310   $ 31,480   $ 35,770   $ 41,620   $ 47,070   $ 36,760  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 14.85   $ 15.79   $ 17.34   $ 19.26   $ 21.82   $ 17.63  
    Yearly $ 30,880   $ 32,850   $ 36,070   $ 40,070   $ 45,370   $ 36,670  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2014.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2012 2022
    Vermont 393 401 0.2% 9
    Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA 187 189 0.1% 4
    Southern Vermont Balance of State 122 122 0.0% 2
    Northern Vermont Balance of State 84 88 0.5% 2
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released August 2014, area estimates released October 2014.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Vermont
    2012
    Employment
    Percent
    of Total
    Total Employment, All Jobs 393 100%
    Services-Providing 301 77%
    Hospitals 148 38%
    Ambulatory Health Care Services 137 35%
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs 92 24%
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, All Jobs and 92 24%
    Total Self-Employed and Unpaid Family Workers, Primary Job 92 24%
    Unclassified 92 24%
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released August 2014.
     


    Tasks
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  • Transcribe dictation for a variety of medical reports, such as patient histories, physical examinations, emergency room visits, operations, chart reviews, consultation, or discharge summaries.
     
  • Review and edit transcribed reports or dictated material for spelling, grammar, clarity, consistency, and proper medical terminology.
     
  • Distinguish between homonyms and recognize inconsistencies and mistakes in medical terms, referring to dictionaries, drug references, and other sources on anatomy, physiology, and medicine.
     
  • Return dictated reports in printed or electronic form for physician's review, signature, and corrections and for inclusion in patients' medical records.
     
  • Translate medical jargon and abbreviations into their expanded forms to ensure the accuracy of patient and health care facility records.
     
  • Take dictation using either shorthand or a stenotype machine, or using headsets and transcribing machines; then convert dictated materials or rough notes to written form.
     
  • Identify mistakes in reports and check with doctors to obtain the correct information.
     
  • Perform data entry and data retrieval services, providing data for inclusion in medical records and for transmission to physicians.
     
  • Produce medical reports, correspondence, records, patient-care information, statistics, medical research, and administrative material.
     
  • Answer inquiries concerning the progress of medical cases, within the limits of confidentiality laws.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Medical Transcriptionists  updated June 2006
     


    Knowledge
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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Medical Transcriptionists  updated June 2006
     


    Skills
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Medical Transcriptionists  updated June 2006
     


    Abilities
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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Medical Transcriptionists  updated June 2006
     


    Work Activities
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  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Medical Transcriptionists  updated June 2006
     


    Interests
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  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outsi
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Medical Transcriptionists  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Medical Transcriptionists  updated June 2006
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Medical Transcriptionists  updated June 2006
     


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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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  • Health Care Careers
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  • Occupational Outlook Handbook
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