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. angela santomaggio 12/02/2016 at 11:14 AM - Reply

    I am looking at starting this course but am looking at the things that i would be studying and maybe trying to have a go at transcribing some doctor reports to see if I could handle this. In the mean time I would like to know if even though I am eligible for gov funding, is there a way we can still pay that remainder of$900 of course fee in instalments because it is still alot of money for some of us?

    • Lauren Day
      TalentMed 13/02/2016 at 11:35 AM

      Hi Angela,

      Thank you for your comment. It is great to hear you are interested in a career as a Medical Transcriptionist.
      At this stage, we do not have a payment plan available, however you may also be eligible for Centrelink Assistance such as Austudy.
      For more information, please contact our Career Advisers on 03 9937 1599. Thanks!

  2. Demetrios Varvaris 23/01/2016 at 12:02 PM - Reply

    Hi
    I am looking at starting the course but don’t want to access the government funding! Will it be possible to pay by instalments? Also do you have male students undergoing this course?
    Cheers

    • Lauren Day
      TalentMed 25/01/2016 at 11:43 AM

      Hi Demetrios,
      Thank you for your comment.
      Unfortunately, we do not currently have a payment plan available. We certainly have male students currently undertaking the course and encourage them to pursue a career as a Medical Transcriptionist. If you would like more information on the Diploma of Healthcare Documentation, and the career opportunities as a Medical Transcriptionist, please contact our Career Advisers on 03 9937 1599. Thanks!

  3. Andrea Dobson 11/10/2015 at 11:22 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.

    • Lauren Day
      TalentMed 13/10/2015 at 4:25 PM

      Hi Andrea,
      Absolutely! Please contact one of our Career Advisers today on 03 9937 1599 to discuss the remuneration for Medical Transcriptionists.
      Thank you.

  4. Tes 07/09/2015 at 6:38 PM - Reply

    Just like to know d chances of getting a job in this field as 4k is a huge amount to consider before enrolling. I have search who else offers this seems to be ur d only 1 so getting a job afterwards is my concern before i invest in this course.
    Hope to hear from u. Thnx.

    • Lauren Day
      TalentMed 09/09/2015 at 10:54 AM

      Hi Tes,

      Thanks for your comment.
      There are many career choices for our graduates. Once you complete the course, your Graduate Support team will provide you with extensive job placement assistance. This includes personalised advice on your resume, job hunt and application process. Please note however, TalentMed is unable to guarantee any positions as a registered training organisation and not an employer directly. Having said that, through our network of associated Recruitment Partners, we have been able to help place a high number of graduates into these positions upon course completion.
      If you have any further questions, please call us on 03 9937 1599 for more information. Thanks Tes 🙂

  5. Rachael 31/08/2015 at 11:05 AM - Reply

    Hi Talent Med,

    Just wondering whether you are able to give me an idea of the conversion rate after the course is complete. I am also concerned about the cost of the course and want to know whether there are jobs out there and how many Talent Med students find work after their studies.
    Thanks 🙂

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 08/10/2015 at 2:12 PM

      Hi Rachael,
      Thanks for reaching out to us.
      There are many career choices for our graduates. Once you complete the course, your Graduate Support team will provide you with extensive job placement assistance. This includes personalised advice on your resume, job hunt and application process. Please note however, TalentMed is unable to guarantee any positions as a registered training organisation and not an employer directly. Having said that, through our network of associated Recruitment Partners, we have been able to help place a high number of graduates into these positions upon course completion.
      I hope this information helps. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 03 9937 1599 with any questions. Thanks!

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