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. Samantha 08/02/2018 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    Hi there

    Is the course currently approved for government funding? I signed up just under 2 years ago when it was available but due to major life struggles I had missed the final deadline to lock it in


    • Sarah-Louise Slade
      Sarah-Louise Slade 08/02/2018 at 4:55 PM

      Hi Samantha,

      Thank you for your comment.

      If you would like information regarding the Diploma of Healthcare Documentation and tuition fee options, please contact our Career Advisers on 03 9937 1599.

      Thanks, Samantha ?

  2. Cecelia Murphy 24/12/2017 at 4:36 PM - Reply

    Hello, I have been a registered nurse for 40 years; however, I am now unable to work in that line of career due to significant spinal problems. I am considering the medical transcriptionist course with your company so that I can work from home. Many thanks, Cecelia.

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 30/07/2019 at 3:35 PM

      Hi Cecelia,

      Thank you for your comment, it’s great to hear that your considering a career in medical transcription. For more information, please request a free information pack or call 03 9937 1599. Thanks!

  3. Anita Scinetti 15/12/2017 at 8:26 AM - Reply

    Hello Talentmed!
    I have read through all the previous comments, and I’m wondering if due to the high number of people who have enquires about payment plans, if this is something that you are now able to offer? I’m a retired RND1/Midwife and completed an online Medical Receptionist course some 13 yrs ago – do you offer RPL? I’m very interested in this course/career opportunity, but as I am physically unable to work now due to major back surgery, I have no means of income, hence the enquiry about payment plans and RPL.
    Thanks for your time!

    • Lauren Day
      TalentMed 15/12/2017 at 4:11 PM

      Hi Anita,
      Thanks for your comment.
      I am pleased to advise that we do now have a payment plan available for our Diploma of Healthcare Documentation.
      Based on the information you have provided, it sounds like your experience in the medical field would be very useful as a Medical Transcriptionist.
      If you would like information regarding payment plans and recognition of prior learning, please contact our Career Advisers on 03 9937 1599.
      Thanks Anita!

  4. mary 20/08/2017 at 2:21 PM - Reply

    i would like to know if medical transcriptors still have a place in the current market considering all the technology available.
    is this a job one can still do from home?
    how easy is it to get a suitable opening with this career?

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 30/07/2019 at 3:36 PM

      Hi Mary,

      Thank you for your comment. I am pleased to advise that TalentMed have been able to place a high number of graduates into working positions! For more information, please request a free information pack or call 03 9937 1599. Thanks!

  5. Katrina Stanton 03/10/2016 at 10:09 PM - Reply

    I am just about to turn 65yrs old. But still need to work. and earn a living. Because of living on a Disability Pension and now going on an old age Pension. Was wondering if I would still be accepted?

    • TalentMed
      TalentMed 30/07/2019 at 3:43 PM

      Hi Katrina,

      Thank you for your comment. I am pleased to advise that if you’re over 18 years of age, then you are eligible to enrol in the course under the age requirements. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us on 03 9937 1599. Thanks Katrina!

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