Medical transcriptionist jobs are a popular work at home job for many reasons. Not only can this be a good paying and interesting job but it can be very flexible because you can work at your own pace. Working at home can offer great flexibility, especially if you have small children at home.
How to become a medical transcriptionist
Medical transcriptionists need to know more than just how to type quickly. They need to understand medical terminology (which can take time and training) and some basic information about procedures as well as record keeping and government guidelines. There are a lot of accredited transcription courses available either on campus or online.
When looking for a reputable campus based or online transcription school, you first want to be sure it is accredited and recognized. You also may consider looking at transcription companies to see what their preferences are. Some companies work specifically with schools for student placement. You’ll want statistics from the school you’re looking at about the placement rate as well.
Various companies have differing requirements as to how much experience they want so talk to the schools you’re looking at to determine whether or not they have a high success rate. Course fees can vary from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars so be sure you do your homework to ensure you’ve chosen the right school that can prepare and groom you for a successful career as a medical transcriptionist.
How much money does a medical transcriptionist make?
Transcriptionists in the medical industry can work at home or in medical offices and hospitals and pay can range from pennies per word transcribed to dollars per page based on a flat fee basis, depending on the client. You can potentially earn an average of $15/hourly as a beginner doing medical transcription and rates will vary depending on whether you’re working for a transcription agency or directly for a doctor.