Medical transcription is a growing opportunity in the healthcare field. The majority of medical transcriptionists, or “healthcare information specialists” as they like to be called, are working from home today instead of in-house at medical facilities. This is a career that easily translates to a work from home job because it is support for healthcare professionals, that goes on behind the scenes, with no direct patient care required. With just a computer and home office, a special transcription device and an interest in healthcare or medicine, anyone with the determination and some training can become a medical transcriptionist and work from home in a rewarding and challenging career.
Earnings potential can range from between $20,000 USD part-time to over $40,000 per year for skilled medical transcriptionists. Many of the larger firms in the USA also offer continued training, benefits and retirement plans. The demand for qualified medical transcriptionists is very high as the healthcare market continues to expand and there’s no end in sight for that demand. If you have an interest in the medical field, there are some great ways you can become a medical transcriptionist:
Get the Training. Because Medical Transcription requires knowing the special language of the medical field and how to recognize and process this often spoken by non-English speaking doctors and typed into special forms, you need specialized training. You can take classes at your local college or university. Many colleges offer part-time or evening classes if you are already working or have a busy family life. There are also many different online universities that offer classes. Be sure to check that they are accredited programs recommended by the American Healthcare Documentation Integrity Association (AHDI), which maintains certain standards for medical transcriptionist training quality. You will also want to find out if the hiring rate is good for new graduates and what companies typically hire from your college.
Become a Member of Medical Transcriptionist (MT) web forums. There are may good places to start networking and looking for jobs in this field. You can ask other MT’s about their experience, who pays the best for new hires and what special opportunities are out there. Many companies, because of the demand for new qualified people are offering generous hiring packages that many include sign on bonuses or college tuition. Get the inside scoop on these jobs by participating in web forums before you accept a job.
Once you have researched what it takes to get a job from home as a Medical Transcriptionist, you will be well on your way to a rewarding and flexible career.