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Medical transcriber
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Medical transcriber

Average wage: $17.86 per hour

Do you groove on the medical lingo tossed around on TV shows like "Chicago Med" and "Grey's Anatomy"? Then you might just like working as a medical transcriber.

Workers take audio recordings made by doctors and other health care professionals and transcribe them into readable reports.

Given the complexity of the language and the critical need for accuracy, specialized training is helpful. But many employers are glad to offer on-the-job training, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS. And, the job conditions can be cushy: Most are in comfortable office settings, and telecommuting is common.

The pay averages $17.86 per hour for transcribers at medical and diagnostic laboratories, and you may be able to wedge in the work during evenings and weekends. The BLS says it expects job opportunities to decline 3 percent by 2024.

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