Medical Transcription is a career that is still available and no matter who you are, you can learn to be a medical transcriptionist. But you need to understand exactly what the job involves and how you can train for it.
Here’s a summary of what medical transcriptionists do but you can find a more detailed list at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-transcriptionists.htm#tab-2.
- Medical Transcriptionists type patient reports from a doctor’s voice recording.
- They understand medical terminology as well as abbreviations
- They write only what they hear and use it to prepare various medical documents like medical history reports or discharge summaries.
- They have a working knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body and many common diagnostic procedures.
- Medical Transcriptions know how to use a computer, specifically word-processing and typing.
- They understand and are able to use correct grammar easily.
- A medical transcriptionist may work for a hospital, clinic or even as a freelancer. Some transcriptionists are part of a group of transcriptionists that work for many clients.
- A medical transcriptionist receives training after high-school. They can even get trained online at a low cost in programs that Career Step offers. Here is the job description they give for medical transcriptionists: http://www.careerstep.com/medical-transcriptionist-job-description.
Now that you understand what the job involves, let me tell you that if you’re looking for a job, you must consider this career. It pays well and the work is not stressful and you might even get to work from home. This is perfect for:
- Moms: Stay at home moms and single moms can both be trained to be medical transcriptionists. The possibility of working from a home office does not come often so don’t pass it up.
- Travelers: People who love to travel need a job that is flexible. There are few jobs that can be done completely online. You receive the audio recordings and transcribe them and send them back electronically. So as long as you have internet access, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in Wisconsin or Paris.
Military wives: Getting trained for medical transcription might be cheaper for military wives because certain career training schools like Career Step have funding to help military wives find employment. You need to take advantage of this opportunity.
Seniors: Seniors who are retired might also be able to work in medical transcription at least part time for a little extra Christmas money and it’s a great way to keep busy. It’s helpful if the senior is already familiar with medical terminology and word-processing since it can be a lot to take in all at once.
Employed people who want to earn extra money: Sometimes one job is just not enough to live well. Making extra through medical transcription can help you move into a better neighborhood, send your kid to a better school or finally be able to afford a new car. Whatever your need, getting a part-time job can meet those needs.
College Dropouts: If you weren’t able to complete college for one reason or another that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great job as a transcriptionist. There are many careers that can be learned in a matter of months online and can become stepping stones to a different life—much more than you imagine.
So no matter who you are, if you need work, consider medical transcription as a possibility. You can get trained a few months and start looking for a job now. Network with important people and ask your local hospitals if there are openings. You can even talk to an actual transcriptionist before joining the taskforce and see how exactly this career can work for you.