Saturday, August 29, 2015

How To Become A Transcriptionist?

How do you become a transcriptionist? People are asking me this question often.

When looking into becoming a transcriptionist, people are getting conflicting answers regarding the requirements to becoming a transcriptionist. Also, when talking about transcription work, many people have only heard about medical transcription. Make sure that you understand the difference between medical transcription, legal transcription, general & business transcriptinon. They have different requirements.

Some sites mention that you just have to be proficient at grammar and spelling to get a transcription job. Some sites say you only have to be slightly knowledgeable of medical terms for medical transcribing jobs. That’s an understatement and depends on the type of transcription work you're interested in. Other sites are telling you that you can get all your medical transcription training done in about 4 months.

So, that is the truth?

First, you have to realize that there are many industries that can provide you with transcription work from home. Different companies, industries and clients have different transcription requirements. Different transcription schools provide different length and quality of training.

For all types of transcription, you need to have excellent English, grammar and typing skills, be able to listen what is being said and understand and transcribe or type those words.

Medical transcription requires training.

Medical transcription does not give you immediate work at home. Medical transcriptionists have to be familiar with medical terminology and procedures.  Medical transcription requires extensive training and knowledge of medical terminology and most employers will require that you’ve worked at least two years in a medical office before allowing you to work from home.  It is almost impossible to get a medical transcription job from home if you're a new medical transcriptionist. Either you'll need to have two years of experience in medical transcription or have worked in the medical field (like being a nurse). Some classes may replace the transcription experience requirements.

If interested in becoming a medical transcriptionist, check out the online training at Careeer Step. It's one of the best online training to learn how to become a medical transcriptionist.

Legal transcription requires specialized training as well.

General transcription is the quickest, easiest type of transcription to start with.  

You don’t need any specialized training for general transcription and business transcription.  You can learn general transcription yourself by practicing.  If you need to increase your typing speed and accuracy, you can take online typing tutorials.

You can get started with general transcription immediately. General transcription is typing or transcribing any kind of dictation that is not medical or legal. You can transcribe interviews, meetings, telephone conversations, seminars, voicemail messages, memos, letters a variety of documents and more.

If you’re open to any kind of transcription work instead of medical transcription only, and want to get a transcription  job that you can work at home, and set your own hours, then you have several options for transcription jobs from home. Which kind of transcription work is right for you depends on your preference and the amount of transcription training you want to get.

You can get more information on how to become a general transcriptionist and get transcription work from home at

If you want to become a medical transcriptionist, check the online training from CareerStep.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Transcriptionists - Skills Needed to be a Good Transcriptionist

Transcription is one of the booming businesses for work-from-home moms, dads and entrepreneurs. It is one of the most in-demand work from home jobs today because of its flexible nature. 

But not everyone can be a transcriptionist. Here are some of the skills and characteristics you'll need to be a good transcripionist.

Typing Skills
Transcription rates are usually based on the length of the audio file. Clients like fixed rates because they'll know what they'll be paying regardless of how long it will take the transcriptionist to do the job. Your typing speed will affect how much you'll be able to make. The faster you are the more you can make. 

Grasp of English Language
A transcriptionist should be familiar with different accents, slang words and expressions used by their clients. For English transcription, this may include different accents within the US or other countries, depending on who their clients are.

Transcription companies or employers may require you to do a test or take an an English proficiency exam. They want to be sure that your transcripts have correct spelling and punctuation and the transcript is accurate.

Transcription can be time sensitive. It's important for a transcriptionist to stick strictly to any deadlines.

If you have the these skills, consider general and business transcription work. For more information, visit

Monday, August 17, 2015

Retirees - How to Get Work from Home

Are you retired or on a fixed income? Would you like to work from home and supplement your retirement income?

Today, many retirees need to supplement their retirement income with additional income.

Online certificate courses are a great option for retirees to learn a new career or brush up on a previous one.  Find out if online training makes sense for you.

Train from Home - Then Work from Home

Through online training, Career Step offers the flexibility to learn at your own pace from the comfort of your own home.

Career Step's online training teaches you a specific career. For example, you can be trained in medical transcription, medical coding or other careers.

Would you like to work from home and avoid commuting to work?

Careers such as medical transcription and medical coding offer job opportunities to work at home.

Medical transcription offers the flexibility of choosing to work part-time or full-time depending on your needs or choice.

This means you can be trained and work in just a few months.

This means that you'll be able to get work quickly, pay down debt or even avoid it altogether!

If you want to start a new career and supplement your income, check out Career Steps's online training programs now.

Check out Career Step’s online courses to find your new career today!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Is Speech Recognition Software Endangering Transcription Jobs?

Should you be concerned that speech recognition is endangering transcription jobs?

There is a lot of talk and concerns about medical transcription jobs and how speech recognition software and overseas outsourcing of transcription work may be taking away transcription jobs.

Here's what the US Department of Labor states on their web site:

"Contracting out transcription work overseas and advancements in speech recognition technology are not expected to significantly reduce the need for well-trained medical transcriptionists. Outsourcing transcription work abroad—to countries such as India, Pakistan, Philippines, Barbados, and Canada—has grown more popular as transmitting confidential health information over the Internet has become more secure; however, the demand for overseas transcription services is expected only to supplement the demand for well-trained domestic medical transcriptionists. In addition, reports transcribed by overseas medical transcription services usually require editing for accuracy by domestic medical transcriptionists before they meet U.S. quality standards.

Speech recognition technology allows physicians and other health professionals to dictate medical reports to a computer, which immediately creates an electronic document. In spite of the advances in this technology, the software has been slow to grasp and analyze the human voice, the English language, and the medical vernacular with all its diversity. As a result, there will continue to be a need for skilled medical transcriptionists to identify and appropriately edit the inevitable errors created by speech recognition systems and to create a final document."

I totally agree with the above statements. Speech recognition software will create additional jobs. Because the software does not transcribe accurately and transcription work that is outsources to foreign countries is not accurate either, you already start seeing more job posting for transcription editors to edit the work of transcriptionists. Many people report enjoying transcription editing work.

Visit to get more information about how to become a transcriptionist and get transcription work from home.

Friday, June 12, 2015

The Future of Medical Transcription Jobs

Some people are concerned about future of medical transcription jobs and general transcription jobs. You should not be concerned about future transcription job opportunities.

The job prospects for transcription jobs are good. Here's what the United States Department of Labor says on their web site about the future for medical transcription jobs.

The following quote is taking from the web site of  the United States Department of Labor at

"Job opportunities will be good, especially for those who are certified. Hospitals will continue to employ a large percentage of medical transcriptionists, but job growth will be in other industries. An increasing demand for standardized records should result in rapid employment growth in physicians' offices, especially in large group practices."

Visit to get more information about how to become a transcriptionist and get transcription work from home.