CareerStep’s Guide to Getting Hired as a Medical Transcriber

If you’re researching 6-month career training programs hoping to find the right fit for your future, it’s worth exploring a career as a certified medical transcriber. 

A career in transcription offers the opportunity to work from home or from any location with a secure internet connection — no more commuting, no childcare costs. You can set your own schedule and take control of your paycheck. The more you transcribe, the more you can earn. 

Here’s how to become a medical transcriber and get hired in this exciting field. 

Take Advantage of Training

Medical transcriptionists listen to audio files recorded by medical professionals and transcribe them into written documents that can be stored in a patient’s medical records. 

In the United States, a license isn’t required to work in medical transcription. Still, individuals are more likely to be successful — and get hired — if they’re familiar with essential medical terminology. That’s why completing medical transcriber training is so important. If you’re wondering how to study medical transcription from home, the answer is CareerStep. 

CareerStep’s online medical transcriber training program is an affordable and effective way to learn everything you need to know to become a medical transcriber. The course is designed to be completed in as little as 4 months of full-time study, but you can work at your own pace, taking up to 12 months to complete the program. 

As you complete CareerStep’s medical transcription training, you’ll test your knowledge in the following areas:

  • Grammar and punctuation 
  • Medical terminology 
  • Anatomy and pharmacology 
  • Medical record types and formats
  • Productivity tips 

You’ll also have the advantage of a practicum section that allows you to practice your transcribing and editing skills on hundreds of authentic doctor dictations and patient records. 

All of this will enable you to easily transition from your training into the workforce. 

Become Certified

While certification isn’t required in all states to work as a medical transcriber, obtaining certification is a surefire way to show potential employers that you know your stuff. 

After your training, take a certified medical transcriber practice test or two to prepare for your exam. As part of CareerStep’s program, each learner receives a voucher to take the RHDS national certification exam. 

Get Set to Get Hired

With training and certification complete, you’re ready to take on the job market. Before you begin applying to jobs, be sure you have the right equipment. You’ll need a good laptop, reliable internet, quality headphones, and transcription software with an accompanying foot pedal to help you easily playback audio files. 

You’ll also want to be sure your online presence is up to date. Make sure your LinkedIn profile references your training and certification. 

CareerStep learners have the additional help of our network of career resources at their disposal. Our Career Advisors offer resume advice, interview tutorials, and personal career consultations. We also work closely with hundreds of medical transcription employers. When our partners have entry-level openings, our qualified applicants get the first shot. 

Start your path to a career as a medical transcriber today!

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2 thoughts on “CareerStep’s Guide to Getting Hired as a Medical Transcriber

  1. M T says:

    This article is completely ridiculous. Anyone who decides to go into medical transcription is called a T R A N S C R I P T I O N I S T. Not a transcriber.

    People also need to know that jobs are so low right now, wages even lower, someone fresh out of school is competing with veteran TRANSCRIPTIONISTS with 30 years of experience and 99% to 100% quality. Who do you think will be hired first?

    • Tiffanee Gurney says:

      Thank you for the feedback MT. However, we’re not seeing that medical transcription is a dying field as over 94% of our Career Step program grads are continuing to find medical transcription jobs. While individual experiences will vary with any career (i.e. job availability and job pay rates differing based on location), we have found that the market has actually become more competitive, demanding a quality education and training. Even with voice recognition software becoming more prevalent, medical transcription editors are still needed to go back and edit what the voice recognition software transcribes because the machines tend to make mistakes, so medical transcription is very much still a viable career path for many.

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