Transcriptionist Careers - Jobs in the MT Field - Schools and Courses
and Opportunities - Work at Home and On-line
June 29th 2006
Work at Home
There are many job opportunities, but few of them offer the freedom and
benefits of a medical transcriptionist (MT). You do not need a college
degree or certification from any regulatory approval agency of the state
or federal government. You may want to become a member of an
association or certification program though.
The best accreditation is the American Association for Medical
Transcription (AAMT). Just because you obtain a certificate from a
medical transcriptionist training program does not qualify you to call
yourself a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT). This is only
available through the AAMT. The AAMT also offers a lower-level
credential called the Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT).
Medical transcribing involves the process of transforming dictation of a
physicians (or other healthcare professionals) words into written text.
This can be stored as either an electronic or written document. The
transcriptionist may use a piece of equipment called a medical
It can be a very rewarding business or job. You can begin work in one
year or less avoiding the huge debt created by a student loan. There
are even online courses available. The courses are usually prepared by
a doctor and MT instructors, who will review and help to make your
computer a great alternative to the classroom. Many of these schools
offer help in job placement as well.
According to Jordan McCollum, a content writer for 10x Marketing, you
can earn between $50,000 and $80,000 per year. The occupation also
affords the applicant the ability to work from home, possibly saving a
fortune in day care and other services.
McCollum says the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the job
outlook for medical transcriptionists is definitely positive. The
medical transcription field is expected to grow at a faster than average
rate through the year 2012. It is estimated that the annual growth rate
of the MT profession will be 21%-35% through 2012 He believes this
correlates to more freelance work from home opportunities.
As an at-home medical transcriptionist, you can work when itís most
convenient for you. McCollum says that at-home medical
transcriptionists are able to set their own hours and work at any time
to accommodate their family or other commitments. Donít worry; there is
always a medical record to be transcribed.