Working from Home as a Medical Transcriptionist [2021 Guide]

At TalentMed, we often get asked whether a career that let’s you work from home and choose your own hours still exists.

A career that lets you work from home offers flexible hours, freedom, and at times – a complete work/life balance. Over the years, work-from-home careers have become increasingly popular but many people are still skeptical that such jobs are real.

Is it really possible to work from home, choose your own hours and still make a decent living? Yes!

There are plenty of opportunities for work-at-home careers, but one that is currently experiencing a nationwide shortage of well-trained professionals is medical transcription.

Medical transcription (MT) gives you the chance to enjoy the flexibility you need while providing you with a rewarding income. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and a passion to learn the medical transcription industry!

Whether you want to enjoy the benefits of a better work/life balance or you want to provide your family with extra income, being a medical transcriptionist is a great career choice if you want to work from home.

What does a Medical Transcriptionist do?

In its traditional form, medical transcription involves listening to an audio file of a doctor’s notes from a patient encounter and then converting that file to a written report. But the profession has evolved over the last few years due to the introduction of voice recognition technology. With voice recognition (VR) software, the doctor’s dictated reports are automatically turned that into text by the software. But instead of causing job loss in the MT industry, VR software has only changed the way a transcriptionist does their work.

Many Medical Transcriptionists in the industry now act as both MT’s and MT editors. A transcriptionist editor will review draft reports prepared automatically by the voice recognition software and look for accuracy and consistency on the report. Other MT responsibilities include:

  • Translating abbreviations into full forms

  • Identifying and correcting spelling and grammatical errors on medical reports

  • Performing edits and quality improvement audits on medical reports

  • Converting completed patient reports into standardised formats

Hospitals and private physicians often outsource their transcription needs to outside professional agencies that specialise in healthcare documentation. The remuneration of an MT is often determined by the volume of work they complete, so the hours are very flexible and you can generally choose when and where you complete your work.

What training is required to become a Medical Transcriptionist?

Often to land your first assignment as a Medical Transcriptionist, you’ll need to complete formal education and training that prepares you to enter the workforce.

Medical transcription requires a good understanding of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and grammar. Many doctors speak quickly and others have heavy accents, all of which can make it hard to understand recordings if you aren’t a skilled listener and familiar with medical terms.

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Therefore, it is essential that your course contains both theory-based learning and practical training. Having the proper education helps you work more quickly and more accurately.

TalentMed’s nationally accredited Diploma of Healthcare Documentation provides you with the training needed to be career-ready as a Medical Transcriptionist.

TalentMed’s nationally recognised Diploma of Healthcare Documentation is designed to help provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to get a job and excel in this increasingly popular field as a Medical Transcriptionist.

Most noteworthy, this is currently the first and only nationally recognised course in Australia that provides both medical transcription and editing training. Also, qualified trainers are available from the moment you start the course, all the way through until you complete your course.

How will I find work as a Medical Transcriptionist?

There are many career choices for our graduates and TalentMed helps you the entire way in this process. Once you complete the course, your Graduate Support Team will provide you with extensive job placement assistance.

Through our network of associated public and private hospitals, medical clinics, transcription agencies and Medical Transcription Service Organisations (MTSOs) we are able to assist you in finding a suitable position upon graduation. As a result, we have been able to place a high number of our graduates into working positions!

In fact, there is a very high demand for qualified Medical Transcriptionists, and we consistently receive large requests for TalentMed graduates from employers nationwide. For example, these include:

What is the best way to get started to become a Medical Transcriptionist?

Here at TalentMed, we assist you every step of the way to pursue your dream of working from home. However, not only you would be able to have more time to enjoy doing the things you love, but above all, you can work while staying home to be with your family.

For more information on becoming a Medical Transcriptionist, check out our Ultimate Guide, training to become a Medical Transcriptionist or you can register for a free information pack below.

Let us know in the comments below what interests you in becoming a Medical Transcriptionist!

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  1. Laura 30/07/2015 at 6:38 PM - Reply

    hi, need to know the employment nature? will it be a requirement to have a ABN upon employment?subcontracting or employee ? just wondering. Thanks.

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 05/08/2015 at 12:44 PM

      Hi Laura,

      Thank you for your comment. There are typically two main career pathways that our graduates choose to take – either working onsite or online as a Medical Transcriptionist (MT). MT’s that work online from home, are usually classified as Independent Contractors and required to have an ABN. TalentMed’s Graduate Support team assists all graduates in acquiring ABNs upon course completion. I hope this information helps. Please request information above or call 03 9937 1599 today to speak with one of our friendly advisers. Thanks

  2. Jodie 22/06/2015 at 8:40 AM - Reply

    Good Morning

    In rreading of the following comments, I too would like to know what the approx hour wage would be as well. Need to determine if doing this course would allow me to work form home and not have also full time work. Thank you

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 23/06/2015 at 3:57 PM

      Hi Jodie,
      Thank you for your interest.
      Most of our graduates work online from home as professional Medical Transcriptionists (MT’s) but we also have graduates that work onsite in local hospitals and medical clinics. Each position is paid differently and work-from-home MT’s are generally paid on a production basis which makes it hard to give concrete hourly averages. Having said this, we do have averages on what companies are paying entry-level, work-from-home MTs per line: 8-10 AU cents per line for transcription here in Australia. MT’s can generally choose their own hours so that can be anywhere between 10 hours to 40+ hours a week. For more information please see https://talentmed.edu.au/medical-transcription-job-opportunities/ or call 03 9937 1599. Thanks Jodie.

  3. Racheal Guymer 18/06/2015 at 9:40 PM - Reply

    Would you kindly advise please what type of wage this profession earns? I have read that most are per line fee but I need to know a rough per hour wage so I can decide whether it’s for me or not.

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 19/06/2015 at 4:54 PM

      Hi Racheal,

      Thank you for your comment. One of our advisers has reached out to you with further information about pay and renumeration. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!

  4. Carly 07/05/2015 at 10:38 PM - Reply

    I am very interested in doing this course. I was just wondering if you offer payment plans at all? I’m a new mum and can’t afford the fee all at once

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 08/05/2015 at 4:05 PM

      Hi Carly,

      Thank you for your enquiry and congratulations on the birth of your new baby!

      Currently, we do not have a payment plan available for course tuition fees. However, TalentMed has recently been approved for Government Funding which will assist eligible students in funding the course. For more information about government funding and to find out if you’re eligible please visit https://talentmed.edu.au/tuition/victorian-funding/. I hope this information helps with your situation – however if you’re ineligible for this funding please contact one of our Career Advisers today on 03 9937 1599 to discuss alternate options.

  5. Karen 04/03/2015 at 10:21 PM - Reply

    It is mentioned that you offer fee assistance for Pensioners, what would that be? What opportunities are there for MT’s in rural areas. I have not been able to find any agencies in my area that employs or have employed MT’s via their businesses. What is the maximum level of qualification that is accepted for any fee reduction or fee help, ie Cert III, Cert IV. Are there any units that you accept RPL’s for? Many thanks

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 05/03/2015 at 10:02 AM

      Hi Karen,
      You may be eligible for Centrelink assistance – whether it be AusStudy, the Pensioners Education Supplement, or various Up-skilling programs. Please contact your local Job Network Agency, Centrelink office or visit the Human Services website to find out more.

      The role of an online medical transcriptionist (MT) allows you to work from any location as long as you have a computer with internet access. Once you complete the course, you’ll have access to TalentMed’s Graduate Support service which includes extensive Job Placement Assistance. There are approximately 30 medical transcription service organisations (MTSOs) across Australia that recruit from the TalentMed course. In regards to government funding and RPL, please contact one of our Career Advisers today on 03 9937 1599 to discuss these options. Our office hours are 9am-5.30pm. Thanks!

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