The Top 10 Reasons to Become a Medical Transcriptionist
January 17th 2006
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You've seen the commercials: medical transcriptionists are in high
demand. Should you consider this field? Below are the top ten best
reasons to become a medical transcriptionist. If these characteristics
are something you're looking for in a job, then medical transcription
may be for you. To get started, try “Working at Home the American Way
in Medical Transcription” by Debra Jan Hebert, an experienced (http://medtrans4u.com)
10. Quick entry
Many lucrative professions require extensive training and advanced
degrees. Other jobs in the medical field can take eight or more years
of grueling, expensive schooling to begin.
In medical transcription, you can begin your work in a year or less,
avoiding huge debts and student loans. Some employers require no
training, especially not if you already have good English skills and
some experience in a medical field.
9. Contribute to society
As a medical transcriptionist, you can contribute to society in many
ways. In addition to the economic contributions you'll make to the
overall economy, experienced medical transcriptionists become
well-versed enough to catch errors or even act as patient advocates.
Medical transcriptionists can see inconsistencies and correct them as
well. By quickly returning transcripts to hospitals, private practices
and individual doctors, medical transcriptionists can ensure fast
patient care in the medical system.
8. Work from home
While the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 70% of medical
transcriptionists still work in hospitals or physicians' offices,
medical transcription is becoming increasingly popular as a
work-from-home profession. The convenience of a home office appeals to
some people on its own virtues, while parents may value the opportunity
to stay close to their young children and still support the family full
time. No matter what the reason, if you're looking to work from home,
you should seriously consider medical transcription.
7. Excellent pay
While compensation methods may vary, almost all medical
transcriptionists enjoy excellent pay, even in entry-level positions.
According to (http://medtrans4u.com)
DJS Enterprises, you can earn as much as $50,000 to $80,000 a year as a
medical transcriptionist. If your pay is production-based, as you gain
more experience and dexterity in medical transcription your salary will
steadily increase. If you're looking for a job that can really support
your family working from home, medical transcription may be for you.
6. Job security
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 2014. This indicates that medical transcriptionists
will have plenty of opportunities to find steady work, even if they work
at home on a freelance basis for at least another 8 years.
5. Job satisfaction
While job satisfaction may vary from job to job and person to
person, if you enjoy being able to visibly track the progress you've
made in a day, medical transcription can bring you a high level of job
satisfaction. As your completed medical reports pile up, you'll be able
to see how much you've accomplished.
4. Set your own hours
Most of the medical industry operates 24 hours a day. Many
hospital and at-home medical transcriptionists are able to set their own
hours at any time to accommodate their families or other commitments.
No matter when you're able to work, there's a medical record waiting to
In medical transcription, you can work when it's most convenient for
3. Comfortable work environment
Whether they work in a hospital, a private office or from home,
medical transcriptionists enjoy a comfortable work environment. Noise
levels are low, safety risks are minimal and strenuous labor is
negligible. In medical transcription, you'll enjoy a comfortable office
and dedicated work station to transcribe. And what could be more
comfortable than working in your own home?
2. Transferable skills
Medical transcriptionists acquire many transferable skills that
they can use in other jobs if ever they want to leave the industry. In
addition to a basis in the medical field, transcriptionists learn skills
that could apply as a court reporter or an administrative assistant.
Transcriptionists also develop their English skills, which can be useful
in all types of positions that involve writing and editing. Whether
medical transcription is a step on your path or your dream job, the
skills you learn can improve your overall career outlook.
1. Rewarding work
Why do people become doctors? The vast majority of the people
who endure 8 or more years of schooling and incur substantial debts and
student loans to become doctors do so because they love to help people
and to cure them of their illnesses. Every member of the medical field
helps in this endeavor. What could be more rewarding than to contribute
to the speedy treatment of people who desperately need your help?
If these ten things sound like characteristics you're looking for in a
job, look into medical transcription. You can learn more about
medical transcription from books, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and
other materials online.
Jordan McCollum is a content writer for 10x Marketing, an Internet
marketing firm. To learn more about medical transcription, read
“Working at Home the American Way in Medical Transcription” by Debra Jan
Hebert, an experienced medical transcriptionist.
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