Becoming a medical transcriptionist is a process. Like any other profession, you need to go through a number of steps to start your medical transcription career. The first step is to find local community colleges or vocational schools that offer Associate degrees or career training programs in medical transcription.
If you’ve ever researched for work-at-home positions, you would have probably seen medical transcription as one of the most sought after and commonly sold services. I’ve seen many people, with varying backgrounds, offer medical transcription services to willing clients.
But is it really that easy to become a medical transcriptionist? Can just about anyone pick up a set of headphones and start transcribing complex doctor dictations? The obvious and truthful answer is no! While many may have you believe that all you need is a medical dictionary to get started on this career, I don’t think that’s the best way to become a medical transcriptionist.
If you don’t believe me, try going into the market with nothing to show for experience or training. Chances are that you’ll be beating a hasty retreat when you see yourself surrounded by competition that’s far ahead of you.
So, what does it take?