Infographic: Medical Transcription Industry Overview and Career Outlook

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Career Step has been training some of the best medical transcriptionists in the industry for over 20 years, and our program is among the most employer-trusted courses out there. So, it’s safe to say we know a little bit about the medical transcription industry!

Lately there have been a lot of rumors going around that medical transcription is going away and there’s no point in training for a medical transcription career because there won’t be any jobs. Well, that’s just not true. Career Step graduates are finding good jobs every day and our employer partners (which include the largest medical transcription organizations in the industry) don’t have enough applicants to fill their entry-level positions.

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  1. Deanna October 21, 2013

    Wow! What amazing stories. I’m loving reading through all of the MT blog entries. From what I’ve read, the people in this profession seem so sincere! My goodness. I’ve only been researching MT for about two weeks and I have FALLEN IN LOVE with it. I haven’t been able to sleep at night because I’m so excited to get started with the program through my local Community College in Washington State (who partners with Career Step) in January. This says a lot as I’ve been searching for a career for several years (I’m 27 now).

    My ONLY worry about this career is that I won’t have the face-to-face interaction with “people” everyday which I’ve done for the past 10 years in this a common concern or is it just me? Currently I work in an office that serves the public…I hate the office drama but am still fearful of being “on my own.” I am choosing this career 1) because my heart is in the medical field and 2) I want to have children in a couple of years and I want my own paycheck while also spending time with my kids. I guess my main question is, when we are transcribing from home, is there much interaction with the outside world? I suppose If I were to interact via phone or e-mail that might fulfill my need for outside contact. Or maybe start out in a clinic and ease my way in to working from home? Is there a “most common” progression for MT’s? Does anyone know of a website where MT’s can connect with other MT’s in their local area?

    Sorry to be so sporadic. I would appreciate any and all advice!

    Thanks again!


  2. Career Step October 21, 2013

    Hi Rebecca,

    We do have training for medical coding and medical billing careers; however, if you’re really interested in working from home, medical trascription is actually the best option.

    While there are at-home positions for medical coders, they typically require several years of on-site experience first. At-home positions that are strictly medical billing are even harder to find. However, medical transcriptionists can work from home right from the get go because the majority of this work is now done by professionals working remotely from their homes.

    There are a few medical transcription employers who require 2-3 years of experience before they’ll hire you for an at-home position, but because our training is so trusted by employers they’ll often waive that requirement for Career Step graduates. To learn more about our training program, visit our website ( or call one of our Academic Advisors at 1-800-411-7073 today.

    Best wishes!

  3. Alison Dean October 21, 2013

    Hi Deanna,

    I’m glad to hear you’re so excited about your new career! Even with all that excitement, I do understand your concerns. If you’re used to working in an office full of people, working from home is a transition. The important thing to remember is that even though you may be working from home, there are thousands of transcriptionists across the nation in the same situation. We all still need that interaction and assistance that come from working with others! In order to compensate for that, most transcriptionists are very active in some type of online community. For example, many of our graduates choose to network, socialize, and receive assistance from other Career Step graduates on the forums. These are a great resource and something we would definitely encourage you to utilize through your career.

    Most Career Step graduates do start out working from home, as the majority of transcription work is now completed remotely. There are some hospitals, offices, or clinics in every area that still complete transcription in-office. If that is something you are interested in pursuing, I would encourage you to look into the various offices in your local area to see if those types of opportunities are available.

    Does that help?

    Alison Dean
    Career Step Graduate Support

  4. Pat October 21, 2013

    I’m a former medical transcriptionist who is interested in entering the field on a part-time basis.  I’ve seen blogs of MTs who complain that they are working long hours for low pay and primarily being asked to edit work that has been outsourced to foreign countries. I would like to hear from transcriptionists about their experiences working for MTSOs.  Thanks.

  5. Career Step October 22, 2013

    Hi Pat,
    Hopefully some graduates respond to your request here, but you should also check out our student and graduate community at You’ll need to create an account to log in—when it asks for your Career Step Student ID just put “Prospective Student” and we’ll get your account approved. In this same community, our Graduate Support team will be hosting a chat event on Thursday at 2pm Eastern. You’re more than welcome to come and ask your questions directly.

    Hope that helps and best of luck!

  6. Angela October 22, 2013

    Hi Pat,

    I am a MT and has worked from home going into my 20th year hooray.I have worked for specialty doctors,  surgery/op notes and the list goes on and on.  I am a Career Step graudate.  I can not say enough great things about this awesome training.  This training prepared me for what was to come when I embarked on this jouney of medical transcription.  If you would like to reach out to me to discuss what I have encountered on the job, through the training, whatever questions you might have, I would love to speak to you.  You can reach me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  Have a great day.

  7. Valerie Vee October 28, 2013

    Hi! I am really looking at signing up for your school for medical trascription & editing… I have emailed with some reps from the school…. I am worried a little about this being online… can you help me out…. thank you!!

  8. Career Step October 29, 2013

    Hi Valerie,

    You’re not alone—we hear from a lot of prospective students that they’re worried they won’t have the support they need from an online course. Rest assured though, we’ve built a TON of tools and resources into the courses to help you out and make your learning experienced personalized and successful.

    You may want to check out a few of our videos:

    - In this one our Student Support Manager talks about how taking an online course (especially for medical transcription) is actually phenomenal experience for working after graduation:

    - In this video you can hear actual students and graduates talk about their experience with the support they received throughout the course:

    - And in this one you can meet your Career Step Medical Transcription instructors! They talk about what the industry looks like and why they enjoy working with students:

    We also have student communities that you can participate in for classmate support as well as another level of instructor support. Check out our biggest online community at (Just put in “prospective student” when it asks for your student ID in the account creation process.)

    Hopefully this helps calm a few of your fears! Let us know if you have any additional questions—best wishes! =)

  9. Doralynn October 29, 2013

    Hi Valerie, I own a small home-based job service, and what first interested me in Medical Transcription was all the jobs posts that were coming in for transcriptionists. I had dozens of job openings for home-based MTs. Another thing I noticed was that the companies who were hiring were hiring a lot of students from Career Step. I had a background as a medical assistant, so I thought I would be able to find a part-time job as a medical transcriptionist to supplement my income. One of the companies I knew allowed me to test, and I failed the test miserably. Even though I failed, I knew medical transcription was something I wanted to pursue. Since I knew through my job service that Career Step students were getting hired, I decided to train there. (It also helped that they were affordable.) It took me a full year to graduate, and there were times I thought I wasn’t doing so great with the course. But when I tested, I ended up passing with honors. I had three job offers within three weeks. Not only was I working immediately, I had to choose which great company I wanted to work for. I understand your concern, but I know a lot of students from Career Step who have found jobs after training with them. Like I said, I was one of them. I have recommended Career Step ever since. I can’t tell you how much I love this company. They have stood by me through trajedy after tragedy. They are ethical and loyal, to the point of self-injury. I consider them part of my extended family. Good luck with whatever you decide to do, but I can tell you, you won’t find many companies with the ethics of Career Step.

  10. Angela October 30, 2013

    Good morning A brief overview of my journey as a medical transcriptionist.  I was a full-time employee with a company (Taylor Machine Works) working as a human resources assistant.  I became very unsettled with this job after 10-years of service as I felt like many days that I was doing all of the work and the HR manager was earning the great pay.  My journey began in looking for another one.  A friend of mine whom was working for this same company introduced me to her mother who was working for Medquist at the time and also a Career Step graduate.  Mrs. Taylor was so kind and helpful to me.  She absolutely loved her job.  After 6 1/2 months of training, I took 2-weeks off and began working for a company at night and continued to hold on to my full-time job during the day.  After 3-months of working both jobs, I quit Taylor Machine Works.  Going through the Career Step training, I found some of the modules to be challenging for me but I continued to press on.  I continued to shoot for that highest grade on the modules as I knew from Mrs. Taylor that graduating with honors would make be more marketable.  I can’t say enough about the CS training preparing me for obstacle that I would encounter on the job.  Twenty years ago it was rumored and also told to me not to go into the MT field as it would soon be a thing of the past and I can say 20-years later I am still here working from home.  If you have any questions and want to reach out to me, I would love to be a support system for you.  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

  11. Lori October 30, 2013

    Hello there! I have been looking into a career in medical transcription since a friend turned me onto it. She has a couple of friends who are in the field and are making good money. Although, they own medical transcription agencies. I have concerns about the field because of the reports I have read online about the jobs going overseas and the pay dropping to $7 to $15 and hour. Is this true? Are transcriptionists paid by the hour or by the job? Or some other way? If you could address my concerns I would appreciate it.

  12. Career Step October 30, 2013

    Hi Lori!

    Transcriptionists are most often paid on a per line basis. The current rates in the industry are 5-7.5 cpl (cents per line) for straight transcription and 2-4 cpl for editing. As the industry is productivity based, the more you type, the more you earn. You could figure your hourly rate by knowing how many lines you transcribe per hour and multiplying that by the line rate.

    As far as work going overseas goes, that does unfortunately happen on some occasions. However, the majority of work is still being completed in America, as there can be severe consequences for non-compliance. For example, you may consider reading this article, as it addresses one of these situations.

    Finally, you might be interested in watching the following discussion Career Step hosted with some of the leading companies in the MT industry. This video will address any concerns you have about the state of the MT industry:

    Hope this helps!

  13. Angela October 31, 2013

    Hi Lori, The MT jobs that I have held most employers pays 6 to 7 cents per line.  Once the computer strokes 64 characters and these are also spaces after punctuation marks, this is consider a line.  Short cuts, word expansion or sometimes called hot keys helps the transcriptionist increase their speed.  For example, salpingoophrectomy, I type in sal and the computer expands this out for me so I am actually getting paid for the initial work that I did by setting this up in word expansion. This is how our pay increase dramatically.  Please let me know if I can be on any further help.

  14. Keisha November 06, 2013

    I am not a US citizen but I do have a medical background and would love to do your MT course so I could work from home.  Question is would I be able to work for US companies if I did the course and was registered with your regulatory body, or are these jobs exclusive to US citizens?

  15. Career Step November 07, 2013

    Hi Keisha!

    Almost all of the companies we have partnered with do require US or Canadian citizenship in order to be considered for employment. While we have partnered with a couple of companies who will hire outside of the US, not living in the US does greatly limit the number of potential employment opportunities.

    Hope this helps!

  16. Linda Hyre January 13, 2014

    Career Step has been wonderful.  It has taught me well!  I worked for nearly seven years at home transcribing medical and psychological disability reports.  This job downsized.  I am having trouble because I have not “worked in a hospital for a year,” or worked in an “acute care” area.  I will appreciate so much your addressing this particular area.  I’ve been searching since October 2013.  Many thanks for so much!  Linda

  17. Alison Dean January 13, 2014

    Hi Linda! Thanks for your message. I’m so glad to hear you had such a great experience with Career Step! Please email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and we would be happy to provide you with some assistance.

  18. Christina Hilliard January 14, 2014

    Hello there! I am currently in school for Health Information Technology but moving to a new area and having a new baby has me doing more research for more legit home based jobs. I fell in love with MT because it seems right up there with Health Information Technology. Is this something I have to train for seperately?

  19. Career Step January 14, 2014

    Hi Christina,

    Yes, you would need to train separately for a Medical Transcription career. There are many specialized skills, not the least of which is the ability to understand mumbling dictators, required to be a successful transcriptionist. For a good summary of the skills a good medical transcription needs, watch this video:

    Our training is one of the most employer trusted in the nation, and over 91% of our medical transcription grads get jobs after graduation (with 90% of those working from home in their very first position). We would love to help you make your dream of working from home a reality. =)

  20. Susan Keeler January 23, 2014

    I would like information sent to my email address regarding the medical transcription training program, tuition assistance, etc.

    Thank you.

  21. Career Step January 24, 2014

    Hi Susan,

    I’ve forwarded your request to our Academic Advisors and someone will be reaching out to you shortly.

    Best wishes!

  22. Tracy February 05, 2014

    I am very interested in a career as an MT. Would I qualify even though I have a degree as a Registered Nurse? I’ve been a nurse since year 2007 but now I have four kids so actually working away from home is not an option. Working at home would be perfect for me and suit my lifestyle but, my question is…will I be considered “over qualified” as I already know the terminology, anatomy, and have experience in transcribing MD’s notes while working in the nursing field at the hospital. I love being a nurse but I can’t do nursing from home so I would love to do this. Would I be considered overqualified???

  23. Career Step February 06, 2014

    Hi Tracy,

    Medical transcription is a great option for nurses! You’ll still need to take a training program to develop the listening skills you’ll need, but your experience with the terminology and anatomy will help you get through the training much quicker.

    Once you’ve taken a transcription program, employers make most of their hiring decisions based on your performance on their pre-employment tests. So as long as you’re doing stellar on those there’s no need to worry about being overqualified. (And just a little plug for Career Step—over 90% of our MT grads are hired after graduation!)

    Hope that helps and best of luck!

  24. Tracy February 06, 2014

    Thanks Career Step for your response. Can I enroll anytime or is there a certain time I have to enroll? It will be around March or so before I can enroll. Also, I’ve heard from a current student of Career Step that if you enroll before August and pay in full, you get a free laptop…is this true???

  25. Career Step February 06, 2014

    You’re welcome to enroll whenever it’s convenient for you. Since the program is entirely online and you go at your own pace, you can start on your own schedule too.

    Our promotions vary by the month. Right now we’re offering a free iPad when you enroll by February 28. You can always find all the details for our current promotion here:

    Hope that helps! =)

  26. Donna Cartwright February 13, 2014

    At Career Step what type of certificates would I earn for an MT? What type are necessary for employment and advancement in the MT field?

  27. Career Step February 21, 2014

    Hi Donna,

    Graduation from the Career Step program will give you everything you need to start working. We do have different levels of graduation (High Honors, Honors, and Standard) based on how well you do on the final, and employers may specify that they want only applicants who are Honors or High Honors.

    There are also certifications offered through AHDI (the leading medical transcription industry association)—the RHDS and CHDS. These credentials are rarely required for employment, but of course this varies by employer. We have a small exam preparation course if you’re interested in sitting for the RHDS exam.

    Please feel free to contact us at 1-800-411-7073 if you have additional questions.

    Best wishes!

  28. Susan Phillips February 22, 2014

    I am a Medical Transcriptionist and I am looking for a job working from home doing this. I have been doing this for 10 years and the office I work for recently went to Electronic records. Please send me some Information on places I could contact to start doing this again. Thank you so much.

  29. Erin Lawyer February 27, 2014

    I worked as a medical transcriptionist fifteen years ago and have seven years of experience in acute hospital transcription (histories & physicals, op notes discharge plans, etc), and in physicians office note transcription.  I have been working in another field but would like to re-enter medical transcription. My typing speed is still over 60 wpm.  Would I be able to re-enter the field or would a refresher course be advised? Is there such a thing as a short refresher course to update any new skills that have come into play? I know I don’t need a full training course. Thanks!

  30. Career Step February 27, 2014

    Hi Susan,

    If you’re interested in working at home as a medical transcriptionist your best bet is to start looking at employers such as M*Modal,  Nuance, Amphion, Sten Tel, etc. (just to name a few). You would need to check with each of them individually to see if they’re hiring right now. If they have open positions, the first step in the hiring process is typically a pre-employment test, which you would need to pass with a certain score in order to move to the next phase of the process.

    Best of luck!

  31. Career Step February 27, 2014

    Hi Erin,

    You may want to consider our Medical Transcription Editor Supplement course. It teaches medical transcription editing skills, and with more and more companies moving to speech recognition these skills are important to have on your resume as a medical transcriptionist today. You can take a quick little evaluation to see if this course would be a good fit for you here:

    Hope that helps and best wishes!

  32. Barbara L March 02, 2014

    I have been wanting to have my own business for a long time and am very interested in adding MT to my skill set.  However, I am currently unemployed and trying to get by on unemployment until I can find another job.  I would love to start the program, but am concerned about being able to pay for the course to get started.  As you can imagine, money is very tight for me and unemployment doesn’t even cover my monthly bills. Are there financing options available or grants?

  33. Career Step March 03, 2014

    Hi Barbara,

    Our programs, unfortunately, do not qualify for federal student grants or loans. However, we do have 3-month and 12-month payment plan options, and we also work with various state workforce agencies who may be able to finance your training. You can find information on all of our funding options here:

    Best wishes and best of luck with everything!

  34. Tammy Pruett March 19, 2014

    I recently graduated from UMA with my Associates in Health and Science. I earned my degree in Biller/Coder and went on to earning my Associates. I am really interested in pursuing my career in the medical field as a Transcriptionist or Coder, for Doctors, all over the country, working from my home. I did very well and enjoyed coding, it is something that I dedicate 100% of focused attention and understanding of medical terminology and code to that intent and in conclusion a well recovery. I’m reaching out to landing the job of my career that I know I am so ready for starting at the present time. I would be open to any information regarding any position that could be available to me. Thank you, and look forward to hearing back from you on this note.
          Tammy Pruett

  35. Career Step March 20, 2014

    Hi Tammy,

    We’re a school ourselves so we don’t actually have medical transcription or coding positions that we hire for. The best we can offer is the advice to check with large remote medical transcription companies such as Nuance and Amphion (there are many others as well, these are just a few examples). Once you pass their pre-employment test, they’ll provide instruction on how to move to the next phase of their interview process for at-home positions. Most at-home medical coding positions require a few years of experience.

    Best of luck!

  36. Nicki April 04, 2014

    Please send me information on the medical transcription program you offer.  I went to school years ago for medical transcription and I worked with in a Pathology Department for 16 years.  I was recently laid off due to voice recognition.  I am now looking online to find another job in transcription but most of the jobs I am looking at require experience in either acute care or multi-specialty.  Do you happen to have a course to brush up on these skills?

  37. Career Step April 09, 2014

    Hi Nicki,

    We forwarded your request on to our Academic Advisors and someone should have contacted you with more information. If you still need more details, please let us know!

    Best wishes!

  38. Lisa April 18, 2014

    I completed an online MT program at one of the “Top 3” schools but never worked afterward. Do you have a refresher program? I would be interested in knowing what my options might be.

  39. Career Step April 22, 2014

    Hi Lisa,

    I’m not sure we have a great option for you. We do have a refresher program, but it’s only available to Career Step graduates. If you’re not a Career Step graduate you best option is our Medical Transcription Editor Supplement program, which teaches students how to edit reports generated by speech recognition software. You can find more information about this course Our Academic Advisors can also provide more information. You can reach them directly at 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  40. Ann Brown April 24, 2014

    I used to work as an MT about 25 years ago. I especially liked typing dictations for the specialists, because of their highly sophisticated terminology. I enjoyed the challenge. I quit working when my first child was born. But now my children are all grown and going on to their own careers, and I would like to try MT again. Do I need to take the training, or can I get started based on my past experience?

  41. Career Step April 24, 2014

    Hi Ann,

    We would recommend that at the very least you take training to bring you up to date on the editing skills required for today’s medical transcriptionists. You can take this quick skills evaluation test to make sure you’re a good candidate for our Medical Transcription Editor Supplement program:

    Best wishes!

  42. Wanda Muela April 28, 2014

    YES, I am very interested in the training!  I have to get a hold of my counselor to find out if I can do this!  As I am on disability and they will pay for it as long as the money stays in CA.

  43. Career Step April 28, 2014

    Hi Wanda,

    We’ve enrolled a number of students with that funding in the past so hopefully you’re able to get that taken care of with your counselor. Let us know if there’s any way we can help! (1-800-411-7073)

    Best wishes!

  44. Melinda N. Black May 12, 2014

    My husband is disabled.  I am in my mid 50’s do I still have time to get the training be able to afford your school and get a good paying full-time career as a MT.

  45. Career Step May 13, 2014

    Hi Melinda,

    We have lots of students who take our programs to change careers later in life. You should take a look at our Student Reviews ( for a few examples. Our Academic Advisors would also be happy to talk about your specific situation and make sure this is the right fit for you. You can reach them directly at 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  46. Stephanie De Luna June 11, 2014

    I’m interested in this field

  47. Career Step June 12, 2014

    Hi Stephanie,

    Glad to hear it! You can find more information on our site at or by contacting our Academic Advisors at 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  48. Kathy Smith June 18, 2014

    Hi. I have over 25 years of medical transcription experience and am seeking employment to work at home.  Can you help?

    Kathy Smith

  49. Career Step June 18, 2014

    Hi Kathy,

    If you’re interested in working at home as a medical transcriptionist your best bet is to start looking at employers such as M*Modal,  Nuance, Amphion, Sten Tel, etc. (just to name a few). You would need to check with each of them individually to see if they’re hiring right now. If they have open positions, the first step in the hiring process is typically a pre-employment test, which you would need to pass with a certain score in order to move to the next phase of the process.

    Best of luck!

  50. Linda R July 03, 2014

    I’m one of those medical transcriptionists who does it from home.  Up until 2 years ago I was making decent money and now just BARELY getting by.  I’ve been doing this for almost 30 years.  What with MDs shipping their transcription work overseas and the big MT companies also doling out much of the work to foreign countries, I am making ONE-THIRD of what I was making originally.  The software doesn’t help, either; more and more doctors are using it.  Tell me again how medical transcription is not dying out.

  51. amy.kendall July 08, 2014

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you for sharing your experience. Susan Dooley, who’s the President of AHDI, made a good point in an interview we did with her last year at the AHDI conference. She said that in her experience as an MT, what she’s seen among her MT colleagues, and also what she’s seen as an MT educator she’s noticed that many MTs who’ve been working for decades really dislike the new software, whereas those who are new to the field love it and make more money editing rather than doing the traditional transcription. Of course everyone’s experiences will be different, but it may be worthwhile to see what Susan had to say. You can watch her interview as well as the hour-long panel discussion we had with a number of industry experts at

    Best wishes!

  52. Lyndi July 08, 2014

    I graduated from the Career Step MT course in 2005 and have seen incremental pay increases each and every year.  Yes, the technology is changing and it is important to be able to adapt and integrate it into our lives and find ways to let it work for you.  I do not feel that transcription is a dying field at all.  Sure it is evolving but in a lot of other career fields you can see that as well.  I am thankful to be able to work from home and contribute financially to my family.  I know I could not have done it without the training I received through Career Step.

  53. Dana Davis-Williams July 18, 2014

    Question, I have 10 years of transcribing with a dictaphone system. Most of the jobs that I used this skill was in the ocular pathology and anatomic pathology fields. Now I’m a college student aspiring to achieve my associates degree, for a paralegal, I’m 45 yo, and would love to make extra money in a skill that I know so well, I mean I have no certificate, and I just took to transcription like a duct to water, and my experience provided well for me and my family, but working for agencies for 10+ years with no real job stability. I decided to enroll in college, for a brighter future. My question, would this program fit in with my college schedule? Oh, and how much will this cost?

  54. Career Step July 18, 2014

    Hi Dana,

    One of the great things about our program is that it is completely online, so you can study on the schedule that fits your life. Our Medical Transcription Editor program is $2,995, and part-time students can finish in 8-12 months.

    Best wishes!

  55. Barb September 16, 2014

    The map in the video only shows the USA. Do you know if Canada is in need of MT’s? Is the training you provide an accredited course in Canada?

  56. Lakshmi.B September 25, 2014


  57. Career Step September 29, 2014

    Hi Barb,

    Yes! There is a huge need for MTs in Canada! In fact, every one of our Canadian graduates since 2012 is employed and working as an MT. Our course also provides everything you’ll need to start a career in Canada, and we have a number of employer partners who hire Canadian MTs. One of our recent graduate spotlights was even a Canadian graduate. Read her story here:

    Best wishes!

  58. Career Step September 29, 2014

    Hi Lakshmi,

    Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee jobs; however, there is a definite need for well-trained medical transcriptionists. We’ve had 10 employers ask for more Career Step graduates in just the last month. Our training is also entirely online, so you can study on the schedule and at the pace that fits your life.

    I’ve passed your information on to our Academic Advisors, and someone should be in touch soon to provide more details.

    Best wishes!

  59. Wendi M. October 27, 2014

    I am interested in becoming a MT, particularly working from home.  However, I have seen conflicting information about this.  The Career Step website states that “90% of graduates work from home in their very first position.”  I also read on an above comment that most at home positions require 2-3 years of previous experience.  Just wondering which is correct?  I would very much like working from home from the get-go.  Will it be possible?

  60. Career Step November 03, 2014

    Hi Wendi,

    They’re actually both correct. smile Here’s the low down… all medical transcription programs are not created equal, and so to make sure their at-home medical transcriptionists have the skills needed to do a good job, employers typically require 2-3 years of experience for their at-home positions. However, because employers know the high quality of Career Step trained medical transcriptionists and they know how much hands-on experience our graduates have, most of them waive that experience requirement for our graduates.

    The fact is, our program is one of the most employer-trusted programs in the industry. Because of this, over 90% of our graduates get jobs after graduation (even though you’ll see reports all over the internet about how hard it is to get an MT job right out of school) and over 90% of those working graduates work from home in their very first position. The 9-10% who aren’t working from home typically choose to work onsite as well—it’s not because they were no qualified to work at home.

    Working from home right from the get-go is a very real option for Career Step Medical Transcription graduates. I hope that helped, and please let us know if you have any additional questions.

    Best wishes!

  61. madeline February 25, 2015

    Hello there, I’ve been looking in to becoming a MT and had a few questions. Not only do I want to be able to work from home but I really want to be able to travel for longer periods of time. I have two friends who are MTs (they love, and highly recomend it) and they moved out of country. Is that something alot of at home MT are able to do? Also curious if you have to be a certain age to join Career Step’s program?


  62. Career Step March 02, 2015

    Hi Madeline,

    There are opportunities for MTs living abroad; however, employment opportunities are a little more limited because most US-based transcriptionists won’t allow you to work for them from outside the country. With that being said, we do have employer partners (such as TalentMed in Australia) that do hire transcriptionists regardless of location—so there definitely are still opportunities, they’re just a bit more limited.

    Students need to be at least 18 years of age, but other than that there are no restrictions.

    Hope that helps!

  63. Helen Campanella May 26, 2015

    I am interested in this program and would love to receive some information on your medic f=fk;

  64. Career Step May 26, 2015

    Hi Helen,

    We’ve forwarded your information on to our Academic Advisors and someone should be in touch with you shortly.

    Best wishes!

  65. Kimberly Martin June 02, 2015

    I am very interested please send me some more info if possible

  66. Career Step June 02, 2015

    Hi Kimberly,

    We’ve given your information to an Academic Advisor and someone should be in contact with you shortly.

    Best wishes!

  67. Dame June 06, 2015

    Your video states that the CareerStep program takes 6-12 months to complete.  Is it possible to complete the program in less time than this? I would like to be employed as an MT in 3 months.


  68. Instructor Alesa Little June 08, 2015

    Hi Dame,

    The fastest I think we’ve seen someone move through the course is around 4 months. Completing the course that quickly would require working on the coursework full time (45+ hours per week), but it is possible if you can devote the time. Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.

    Thank you!

  69. Amanda June 20, 2015

    I am very interested in working as an MT but I live in Canada. Just wondering how this works for Canadians?

  70. Great question! We do have excellent companies who hire our Canadian graduates. Once you are done with the course, we will help you with networking with the companies who you would qualify to work for.

  71. Susan July 03, 2015

    Is it possible to work part time after graduation - as few as 10-15 hours / week?

  72. Aubri July 05, 2015

    I’m very interested in transcription because I need to be at home. I have worked in the medical field in medical billing and coding in the past but now I just need to be at home. I also type pretty fast. I remember years ago I had a neighbor that did transcription on the side at home and she loved it and made pretty good money. Are there school grants available for these classes or financial assistance?

  73. Susan,

    Yes, you can work part time. Once you complete the course with us, we will help you network and find employment that fits what you are looking for. There are part time, and also full time positions. You can even become an independent contractor.

  74. Career Step July 07, 2015

    Hi Aubri,

    To help students pay for tuition, we have payment plans available. You can break it up into either a 4, 13, or 18 month payment plan. The 13 month and 18 month payment plans require a down payment of $300, then the rest is spread out evenly over the duration of the plan. There is an 8% interest rate on the 13 month and 18 month plans as well. You can call an Academic Advisor at 1-800-411-7073 for more information.

    Best wishes!

  75. Tee August 22, 2015

    I have a MT certificate, that I received about 14 years ago. However, I have not worked in the field. I am now interested in using my MT knowledge. Would I have go through classes again??

  76. Graduate Support August 24, 2015


    With technology, and the changes in the industry the last couple years, I would recommend looking to further your education. I would call Career Step, and have an Academic Advisor go over what courses would be best for you and your past experience.

  77. cindy ramirez September 20, 2015

    Any financial aid help to pay for the program?

  78. Career Step September 22, 2015

    Hi Cindy,

    To help students pay for tuition, we have payment plans available. You can learn more about them as well as other funding options here:

    You may also call an Academic Advisor at 1-800-411-7073 who can help explain your options and help find what best fits your situation.

    Best wishes!

  79. johanna January 02, 2016

    I had basic background of MT but I am sure not enough to be called expert,how to study and be trained to be MT and how true I can get a job fast and easy

  80. Career Step January 05, 2016

    Hi Johanna,

    Career Step offers a Medical Transcription course to help you gain the skills that you need to be successful. Included with the course is our graduate support to help turn your education into a job. You can call an Academic Advisor for more information at 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  81. Becky Mealer January 08, 2016

    I am 44 years old and was lucky enough to get married this past November. My children are all grown and my husband travels around the United States for work. I have a associates degree in science. What I am looking for now is something that I can do from a hotelroom so I can travel with my husband. I’m really hoping you can help me with this.

  82. Career Step January 08, 2016

    Hi Becky,

    Several of our training programs, such as Medical Transcription, offer opportunities to work remotely. You can contact an Academic Advisor at 1-800-411-7073 for more information.

    Best wishes!

  83. Mohammed April 07, 2016

    Hello Career Step Team, I am 47 years old and graduate with arts,Iwant info regarding medical transcription.Is your medical transcription course accredited,recognised?How much is the online course fees?and course completion time ?

    Hi Mohammed,
    Thank you for your interest in the Career Step Medical Transcription course. You can call us at 1-800-411-7073 or go to this link for information on the course:

    Best wishes!

  84. Christina Stone May 21, 2016

    I just started looking to work from home as I have a hard time hearing in public…. I can’t talk on a phone and would love to work from my home where I can do everything by computer

  85. keltee small June 24, 2016

    i am very interested in working at home, please contact me letting me know how i can get training from you guys and start my new career.

  86. Career Step June 27, 2016

    Hi Keltee,
    Thank you very much for your interest in taking a Career Step course. Somebody will reach out to you soon, or please feel free to contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-800-411-7073. Hope this helps!

    Best wishes!

  87. Tasha williams July 20, 2016

    I’m interested in this career but I have a few questions. I was in the health field for about 10 years I was a dental assistant and I loved my job but about a year or so ago I had to leave because of health issues and my daughter is having so other medical issues so I can’t work out side of the home anymore but I would love to supplement my income my husband works but that’s just one income. My question is the training very expensive or will I go into debt trying to start another career any information will be appreciated please I just want to be able to work from home since I can’t work outside of the home.

  88. Lori Lloyd August 22, 2016

    I am interested in your MT Program. I am a retired still licensed Registered Nurse and am interested in working from home.  Please let me know about your program.

  89. Career Step August 23, 2016

    Hi Lori,
    Thank you for reaching out to us. To learn more about our medical transcription training program please go to this link: Please feel free to contact an academic advisor with any questions have at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-800-411-7073.

    Best wishes!

  90. Career Step August 23, 2016

    Hi Tasha,
    Thank you for your question! Career Step has a variety of funding options available. Please go to for more information. You can also discuss your options with an academic advisor at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 1-800-411-7073.

    Hope this helps and best wishes!

  91. Camille Resolme August 29, 2016


    Just want to know if theres a hiring for MT? I have an MT diploma and I am interested in working at home.

  92. Graduates August 29, 2016


    We do have companies who are currently hiring Career Step graduates. If you have graduated from a Career Step program, you should be receiving emails of MT companies who are hiring.

    If you are not a student, you can contact our enrollment department and they can go over the required training needed.

    Best wishes!

  93. Trina Wyant September 11, 2016

    I have worked for 25 years as a word processor at a mental health agency!  I know more about psychiatric terminology but know some medical terminology as we type History And Physicals too!  I know a lot of the pharmaceutical terminology!  I am working full-time now but would love to work from home!  I love medical transcription and I can retire in one year!  I requested information on your program to see if I would be interested in this!  Thank you very much!

  94. REBECCA JOHNSON September 20, 2016

    Can you do this with felonies?

  95. Career Step September 21, 2016

    Hi Rebecca,
    It really depends on the kind of felony. As long as it’s not identity theft or something along those lines,  but it really depends on the company and what their requirements are.

    Hope this helps!

  96. Rebeka December 17, 2016

    I’m a single Mom to a little boy who just turned 2 and I’m pregnant with my second child, I need some type of income coming into the house to pay my bills that I have. I hope that this website works and hopefully help me get a career somewhere.

  97. nellie December 28, 2016

    I am really interested in this and working from home

  98. Career Step January 09, 2017

    Hi Nellie,

    We do have training for medical coding and medical billing careers; however, if you’re really interested in working from home, medical transcription is actually the best option.

    While there are at-home positions for medical coders, they typically require several years of on-site experience first. At-home positions that are strictly medical billing are even harder to find. However, medical transcriptionists can work from home right from the get go because the majority of this work is now done by professionals working remotely from their homes.

    There are a few medical transcription employers who require 2-3 years of experience before they’ll hire you for an at-home position, but because our training is so trusted by employers they’ll often waive that requirement for Career Step graduates. To learn more about our training program, visit our website ( or call one of our Academic Advisors at 1-800-411-7073 today.

    Best wishes!

  99. CHER March 24, 2017

    Want to begin classes
    Please contact me

  100. Career Step March 28, 2017

    Hi Cher,
    We would be more than happy to provide you some information on training for a medical transcription career. I’ve passed your information on to our Academic Advisors, who should be contacting you shortly. You can also reach them at your convenience at 1-800-411-7073 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Best wishes!



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