It is predicted that medical transcription professionals will be in demand and a lot of job openings will be available for them over the coming years. This is because there is this continuous growth of the health care sector triggered by the increase in the percentage of ageing population. So when more facilities come up it will mean generation of more health sector jobs including for the medical transcription professionals.
Where is the actual need for medical transcription generated in the health sector? Well there are various areas where the MTs can work. These include any place with medical facilities like,
- Physician’s office
- Transcription service provider’s premises
- Diagnostic laboratories
- Business support service offices
No more is an MT’s job restricted to offices. Many medical transcriptionists now prefer to work from the comfort of their homes. The digital technology and the Internet revolution has made it possible for MTs to now work from any global location as long as they are connected to the Internet. The working hours are also flexible as is found convenient to both parties.
Medical transcriptionists can be regular employees for hospitals working from homes or self styled contracted freelancers working on short term or long term projects.
A good MT professional must be certified and must either complete a 1 year certificate course or a 2 years associate’s program. Some of the challenges faced by these MT professionals include, long work hours and stress and poor quality of audio recordings.
Current salary range for the medical transcription professional is from $10.00 to $20.00 per hour. MTs can evolve into editors and consultants or become instructors. As of today the future seems to be bright for those choosing to get into this field of work.
Outsource Strategies International (OSI) is a US based medical transcription company that offers outsourcing services in medical billing, coding and transcription for clients in the US, Canada, the UK and Australia.