Many people dream of the flexibility and independence that comes with working from home. Medical transcription is a practical work-at-home career. Your duties primarily entail clerical work on a computer, this job can easily be done off-site rather than in a medical office.
If you are highly organized and self-motivated, and you prefer working independently, you may excel in this alternative work environment. Moreover, accurate transcribing is an essential service for doctors and other health care providers, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics employment of medical transcriptionists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2012 to 2022. Read on to find out all you need to know to start your own freelance career working from home as a medical transcriber.
Medical Transcription may be the right career for you if you are able to work behind a computer for hours at a time, independently, with very little interaction with others. Excellent spelling and hearing skills are necessary as well as a good understanding of grammar and punctuation. Fortunately, if you don't have experience with medical terminology you can train online at a medical transcription school to get some new job skills. A career in medical transcription is ideal for those who are able to work-at-home independently.
Medical transcriptionists convert spoken words (often physician notes and instructions) to create a patient medical record. These records are considered to be legal documents and therefore the medical transcriptionist must be highly accurate. Medical transcriptionists also must follow strict guidelines of confidentiality.
Medical transcriptionists work for doctors’ offices, in hospitals and for third-party medical transcription services. Working as a self-employed transcriptionist also is an option. There are opportunities to work nontraditional hours, part-time or full-time, as an employee or self-employed. It's a pay as you go career, so if you produce more work you get paid more!
Medical transcription is an ideal career for mothers or fathers whose children are off to school, military spouses, and anyone that is interested in working from home.
In addition to hands-on transcribing, students at Mildred Elley's Allied Health online career college are also trained in voice recognition editing and participate in an externship done from the convenience of your own home.
Online students are instructed in industry-related equipment necessary for appropriate job performance, HIPAA regulations, employment opportunities, transcription resources and the use of technology.
If you feel you’d enjoy working as a medical transcriptionist and would like to learn more about our online medical transcription certificate program (live course is 10 months long; self-paced is approximately one year in length - but can be done faster), contact one of our admission representatives at (888) 207-1637.