Why Choose Medical Transcription as your Home-Based Career?

Home-based careers are pretty handy if you’re an introvert, have kids to take care of, have a needy pet, or need to stick around to keep an eye over sick parents among dozens of other reasons. Who doesn’t like the idea of not having to wake up, dress up and leave for office every day? In terms of sheer convenience, nothing trumps working from home, and there are options out there through which a comfortable living can be eked out while operating out of your very own living room.

Medical transcription is right up there when it comes to out-of-home career options too. Before going any further, and especially for those unacquainted with this career path, it is imperative to understand what medical transcription is all about. As the name suggests, a medical transcriptionist listens to, and interprets medical recordings and converts them into typed-out data. These recordings are usually created by doctors when consulting with patients, and carry details such as the diagnosis of whatever problem the patient comes in with, the course of treatment and any other relevant information.

Why medical transcription is an ideal home based career option

  • The money. According to PayScale, the median pay for medical transcriptionists in Canada is $18.41 per hour, which translates to $29,856 annually. Which is quite something, especially if you’re doing it from home and don’t have to factor in travel to and from workplace, and the myriad of other expenses associated with attending office.
  • The educational requirements. In terms of medical transcription training, a post-secondary certificate or associates degree in the field is all that’s needed. While undergoing medical transcriptionist training, the curriculum will typically include interpretation and usage of medical terminology, an overview of relevant topics like the human anatomy and pharmacology in general, an understanding of medical record types and formats, and in some cases even job skills such as typing, grammar and punctuation, and productivity tips. You can even acquire training without leaving your home, because institutes like Career Step in Canada offer online medical transcription training programs that can be completed in as little as 4 months of intensive study.
  • The outlook. An ever increasing number of people now have a greater amount of access to healthcare. This means more and more patients going to see doctors, getting medical procedures done, and require more medical examinations and test. This of course, will lead to more recordings that need to be transcribed, which means the profession of medical transcription is all set to see some rapid expansion Inthe near future.

There are murmurs in this industry of automated transcription software replacing the human working force and making jobs in the field scarce. Although, while such software is being developed, it will not reduce the demand for medical transcriptionists. This is because the software, no matter how powerful, will never be a 100% accurate. This means supervision will be required to make sure that what is said in perfectly understood and interpreted, because one software error could has the potential of causing massive repercussions in someone’s life. So rather than hampering the profession, these aids are more likely to make it that much more convenient to carry out which means thatthe future for any budding medical transcriptionist is bright. 

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