One career opportunity for graduates is that of the remote based medical transcriptionist. In NZ, the medical typist usually works in a hospital or specialist doctor setting. But in the US, a significant proportion of this work is outsourced to skilled professionals who work from their own home office.
Internationally and nationwide, there is a shortage of skilled medical transcriptionists. In the US alone there is a shortfall of some 200,000 employees or contractors. Given the benefits of a digital dictation environment, outsourcing is a common option.
Evidence indicates that a home based medical transcription industry could support the introduction of some 500 qualified transcriptionists who would work either in the NZ industry or from their homes in New Zealand on transcription that has been outsourced from offshore – US, UK and Australia.