Studying medical terminology as part of an undergraduate degree can prepare you for one of several careers in the medical field. The salaries for workers who are trained in medical terminology vary depending on their job title and their employer, as well as the other types of job duties they are responsible for.
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
Medical records technicians process health records and assign insurance reimbursement codes to treatments and exams. They earned an average salary of $33,880 as of May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The majority worked in general medical and surgical hospitals or physicians’ offices, earning averages of $35,970 a year at the former and $28,460 at the latter.
Medical workers who transcribe the medical terminology from recordings made by physicians into a cohesive medical report earned an average of $33,350 as of 2009, according to the BLS. In hospitals, the average income of a transcriptionist was $34,480, while those in the offices of physicians earned an average of $32,410.
Medical assistants are responsible for administrative and some clinical duties to be performed under the direction of a physician, such as maintaining medical records, taking vital signs and drawing blood. As of 2009, these workers earned an average of $29,450 a year, according to the BLS. Those in physicians’ offices earned an average of $29,810 a year, while those in hospitals earned an average of $30,830.
Secretaries in healthcare facilities with expertise in medical terminology are responsible for duties such as billing patients and compiling medical reports. They earned an average of $31,450 as of 2009, according to the BLS, with those in physicians’ offices earning an average of $38,480 and those in hospitals earning an average of $31,530.
Interpreters and Translators
Medical interpreters assist patients who have limited English proficiency in communicating with the staff in medical facilities, while medical translators convert materials for patients, such as informational brochures, into their language. Interpreters and translators earned an average of $45,700 in 2009, according to the BLS, with those in general medical and surgical hospitals earning an average of $44,040 a year.