There has been an exponential rise in working from home jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic. People have even been forced to change careers, and so a relatively easy option is that of a transcriptionist. Some might think that medical transcriptionists are no longer a necessity. However, with medical providers and doctors being busy attending to patients now more than ever, transcriptionists are essential in relieving the workload. 

Nevertheless, there are important aspects you need to take into consideration before rushing into a career as a medical transcriptionist.


Being a medical transcriptionist doesn't require attending medical school, so you need not worry about taking too much time. However, specific training is highly recommended, especially if you haven't got any transcriptionist experience in any area.

So, even though certifications are not a requirement, and you feel prepared for the job, there are still medical terms that need to be understood. Having an idea of what it is you are transcribing is highly important for the job in order to spot any inconsistencies. An aspect worth mentioning is that training programs can last at least 6 months, to a full year.

Needed skills

Apart from learning medical terms and understanding them, there are other skills and competencies a good transcriptionist must have. Such skills include:

  • Fast typing: you should truly excel at this, as time is of the essence when you're transcribing important information or medical prescriptions. In addition to being fast, you should also be as accurate as possible from the beginning to decrease the time spent correcting certain aspects.
  • Listening: being able to listen carefully and comprehend what you're listening to is highly important when typing the information.
  • Writing: good grammar and rich vocabulary are extremely important aspects, apart from the specialized medical language. You should be able to proofread everything you are transcribing.

Another important aspect to consider is that working from home requires being highly motivated and disciplined. In the medical environment, time needs to be optimized, which means deadlines are tight. So, to be able to meet them, you have to work under pressure.


As a transcriptionist, medical or not, you have plenty of opportunities. For example, even if you're trained in medicine, you could work for specialized digitaltranscription services rather than just one healthcare professional. Apart from having work flexibility, you might learn more by transcribing for multiple doctors.

Financial motivation is always an important aspect, no matter the career you choose. As a transcriptionist, the salary can become quite substantial, which is highly rewarding when you have to spend hours in front of a screen. Depending on how experienced and flexible you are, it is entirely up to you how many hours you gather, and therefore, how much you earn.


Last but not least, you must have access to a good quality computer or laptop to avoid having technical issues. In addition, as you're probably working from home, you should have a designated work area to allow you the proper environment for transcribing, with little to no distractions.

Whether you have been thinking about starting a career as a medical transcriptionist or is a more recent thought, these are some of the most important aspects you should consider.

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