A medical transcriptionist listens through a recording device to dictation from physicians and other medical professionals and then transcribes them into a written format such as letters, reports, etc. They edit for grammar, spelling and punctuation. If they work in a clinic or a physician’s office, they may also schedule patient appointments and answer phones. Many transcriptionists now work from home these days.
Educational and Training Requirements
There are many online schools that offer programs in which you can become accredited in this field. In most cases, employers like to see that you have studied for at least a period of one year. That gives you the time needed to familiarize yourself with the terminology you will need to be able to precisely transcribe the recordings. You might also need to take classes in English (if that is not your first language), anatomy and/or the legalities pertaining to health care documents.
The Career Outlook for the Future
As the median age grows older, the demand for medical transcriptionists will increase. There will always be a demand for qualified certified medical transcription career training. According to salary.com, the average salary in April 2016 was $42,527, but salaries can vary widely depending on your skill level and where you live. For instance, in Huntsville AK, it is $38,879, while in Anchorage AK, it is $49,181.
Working from Home is a Great Option
If you are self-employed, you may find yourself working odd hours, but the flexibility is great and you can work in your pajamas if you want! If being part of a medical team, and having the freedom to have a flexible career is what you would like, then this may just be a great career move for you. Some of the other assets that you need are fast accurate typing skills and great listening skills.