Medical Transcriptionists

risk level
Based on 56 votes
-6.5 %
by year 2032
or $16.70 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

100% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

76% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 100% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Medical Transcriptionists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)


Very slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Medical Transcriptionists' job openings is expected to decline 6.5% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Medical Transcriptionists' was $34,730, or $16 per hour

'Medical Transcriptionists' were paid 25.0% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 48,680 people employed as 'Medical Transcriptionists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 3 thousand people are employed as 'Medical Transcriptionists'.

Job description

Transcribe medical reports recorded by physicians and other healthcare practitioners using various electronic devices, covering office visits, emergency room visits, diagnostic imaging studies, operations, chart reviews, and final summaries. Transcribe dictated reports and translate abbreviations into fully understandable form. Edit as necessary and return reports in either printed or electronic form for review and signature, or correction.

SOC Code: 31-9094.00


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Jencuya (Highly likely) says
Because AI will get better and will be able to solve the grammar and idiom problems it has now.
Jan 21, 2024 at 12:48 AM
Witzelsucht (Highly likely) says
Voice recognition has already replaced most MTs
Aug 17, 2023 at 03:08 AM
Kathy (Highly likely) says
Epic and other voice recognition programs have taken over hospitals everywhere. VR inevitably makes critically dangerous errors in the transcription of diagnoses and medications; however, the doctors simply cover this issue by following every robotic transcription with a disclaimer.
Aug 02, 2023 at 10:26 PM
Andy (Uncertain) says
Software-assisted transcription has difficulty with some field-specific jargon with imprecise pronunciation. Simple English transcription is one thing, but discerning various initialisms or naive pronunciations of Greek and Latin will be a hurdle when in a medical, life-or-death situation.

As long as there are human medical specialists needing records in a timely manner, medical transcriptionists will have work.
Aug 30, 2022 at 08:44 AM

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