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Tankweti in Newburgh, New York

67 months ago

The reason you cannot find work is because most of it has been outsourced to India, Japan, etc. I have 25 years experience, with 8 years of it being in Radiology, and a bachelors degree in Biology. Our entire chart transcription department was outsourced locally. The work went to a local company who does transcription for many doctors and pays their typists something like a half a cent a line with no benefits. You have to do a huge volume of work even to get a small paycheck. The job that we had was a decent job with good wages, health benefits, pension, etc. But the company hired a new CEO who was specifically brought in there to downsize and that is what she did.

Let's face it, if work can be electronically transmitted to India and be typed overnight by a large typing pool, it can also be electronically transmitted back the next day before the doctor who dictated it ever gets into the office. This is something that would not happen in the U.S. where transcribers in any one office are limited due to relatively high salaries. Shipping the work out is cheaper and faster to get it done.

I have gone into a 4 year nursing program and am almost about to graduate. I have given up on transcribing as there simply are no jobs around anymore.

Good luck to you.

MT in Kanpur, India

66 months ago

linda in Senegal said: lindamayor2005@yahoo.ca

80% of medical transcription is audio skills. You should be able to give >95% accuracy and do at least 1000 lines per shift in all specialties.

MT in Kanpur, India

66 months ago

Kathy in Springfield, Illinois said: I do not feel sorry for you at all!!! Now the India MT's understand what they did to us in the United States....What goes around comes around!!! India destroyed the job industry for us MT's in the USA!!!!!!!

Indian MTs did not destroy the job industry of MTs in USA but the latter's high cost of living and thereby higher demand of salaries/line @ of US MTs surely did. The cost of medical treatment in USA is exhorbitant to say the least.

madhu in Bangalore, India

66 months ago

Well if you would have been really good in your profession, then definitely your country would have given you the job first!!!

MDK in Midland, Texas

66 months ago

Where is the professionalism? Money is what comes first in all countries, then being the best. Why do you try to cut people that are only trying to work just as you are?

amit in New Delhi, India

66 months ago

Hi Linda

This is amit. i will give u the desired accuracy with TAT time. i am into MT industry for more than 10 years. So, let us start the MT work. BYE FOR NOW. AMIT

hannah in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

66 months ago

I just got my certificate as an MT. Does anyone know any companies that will hire MTs at entry level? Thanks.

husbandofwifewhoslookingatMT in Indianapolis, Indiana

65 months ago

Has anyone ever thought about dishing out the $1,500 for a voice recognition program for which you would QA instead of doing the MT manually? Just wondering. My wife has been working for a insurance company in medical review for over 10 years. The last few from home. She is faced with going back into the office and was considering other careers. MT was one. I'm a system engineer and would lean toward the technological side. To me someone who wanted to do this, it would be worth it to not only get your cert but also invest in a program to dictate to that is already 99% accurate. Any thoughts?

Debbie in Mayville, Michigan

65 months ago

I've been looking for an MT job for over a year now with no success. I graduated with a high GPA and took a class on ESL accents. Still, no one will give me a chance. Not sure what to do from here. Any suggestions or help is greatly appreciated. Please email me at dkhubert@gmail.com

Dorothy in Denison, Texas

65 months ago

Deanna Shulman in Windermere, British Columbia said: I am soon to start studying to become an MT and am wondering what a seasoned MT makes for an average wage nowadays?

Next to minimum wage. I've been a transcriptionist for 20 years, CMT for 10 years, and work my butt off at home to earn about $800 a week with a nationally known MT company. DO ANYTHING ELSE. Medical transcription DOES NOT PAY SQUAT!

Hannah in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

65 months ago

This is to the woman who makes $800 a week working at home. Where I live...which is a really rural area...$800 a week would go extremely far for me and my new family. I started an MT course when I was 4 months pregnant thinking that I would have my career by the time my son was born. I thought that it would be a great start...me being a stay at home mom and working at the same time. And now my son is five months old and I still haven't gotten a reply from any of the companies that I sent my resume to. Can you please tell me what company you work for because I would LOVE to work for $800 a week. I think I'd get on the ground and thank God. I'm starting to think that I just wasted a load of money on a career that's putting me in a dead end. I really hope that's not the case. I hate feeling like a failure.

Dorothy in Denison, Texas

65 months ago

The thing you're not understanding here is that I work about 60 hours a week, producing about 290 lines an hour!! That equates to $13 an hour - This is after 15 years as a CMT!! I'm not just out of school (at which time I was barely making minimum wage). I've been a licensed MT for over 15 years.

Also, I am positive that you cannot have a child at home and produce 2900, 65-character lines per day to earn that $800 a week. It just doesn't work that way.

I myself, at the age of 44, am going back to school this year to earn my nursing degree because working 240 hours a month to earn $3200 (minus health insurance, etc.) is not any kind of deal.

BTW, I had to pass a VERY rigorous transcription test in order to be able to work for this company. They do not hire transcriptionists with less than 3 years of acute care experience.

Good luck to you!

Dorothy in Denison, Texas

65 months ago

Shyla Beach in Oviedo, Florida said: I am a new stay at home mom who is looking for work from home. I am looking for any information on transcription training or jobs. I am not sure where to start and i am eagar to learn and start working. Any information or advise would be greatly appreciated.

Do something else. There is no possible way that you would be able to produce enough transcription to be able to claim minimum wage as a stay-at-home mom trying to work too. I work 60 hours a week and produce almost 300 lines an hour and i barely make $13 an hour. This is after 15 years as a licensed CMT! This is not just something you pick up to do to earn money and be home with the kids. You're setting yourself up for failure. I also had FOUR YEARS of court reporting and medical transcription schooling (full-time) BEFORE I was able to get my first in-hospital job. I am only able to work at home because of my many years experience in the field and being a former transcription supervisor in a major hospital.

I don't mean to be a downer, but this is just not something that you take a few courses and go to work at home bringing in a good income while you take care of your kids. That is a complete lie told by MT training programs to get you to sign up. Don't fall for it.

Dorothy in Denison, Texas

65 months ago

Connie M in Ionia, Michigan said: If you find out how to get a job let me know because I just finished an MT course and can't seem to find anything.

Connie - Gotta pay your dues honey, just like the rest of us. Try 3rd shift at a local hospital or perhaps a doctor's office. You may have gone to school, but you will be asking questions and making mistakes for a long time before you are able to be considered a MT that a company doesn't have to correct and look at everything you do.

Dorothy in Denison, Texas

65 months ago

husbandofwifewhoslookingatMT in Indianapolis, Indiana said: Has anyone ever thought about dishing out the $1,500 for a voice recognition program for which you would QA instead of doing the MT manually? Just wondering. My wife has been working for a insurance company in medical review for over 10 years. The last few from home. She is faced with going back into the office and was considering other careers. MT was one. I'm a system engineer and would lean toward the technological side. To me someone who wanted to do this, it would be worth it to not only get your cert but also invest in a program to dictate to that is already 99% accurate. Any thoughts?

As a MT with over 15 years of experience, I can tell you that voice recognition is nowhere NEAR 99 accurate in the medical setting. I edit it all day long and at best, it's 40% accurate, which requires a LOT of time to correct. Editing from VR pays about 3 cents per 65-character line. MAYBE you can edit 150 lines an hour if you REALLY push hard. Trust me! that's about $4.50 an hour. Want to invest in VR?

Hannah in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

65 months ago

I feel so stupid for even signing up to take that MT training program. What are us newbies supposed to do? I'm so frustrated. The hospitals and doctor's offices around here decided that they want to get rid of MTs and do everything digitally. So I can scratch off that. That would really only leave me to find a position through a company online. I won't give up, but this is most definitely not easy. I'd be grateful is someone hired me even part time.

Dorothy in Denison, Texas

65 months ago

lj in O Fallon, Missouri said: If you hate it so much, why do you stay in it? Get a new career.

You are so right. I too have over 15 years as a medical transcriptionist, having graduated with a 4.0 from a four-year court reporting/medical transcription program in 1994. Even after all this time, in every possible position (at-home, in hospital, clinic, self-employed, etc.) I still barely make $14.00 an hour for nearly 300 lines per hour! I too am going back to school (at 44) to become a nurse. I wish someone had taken me aside and told me what was happening and how I shouldn't spend the money to go into medical transcription, but I felt it would be a good "fall-back" career after court reporting.

To all of you out there who are wanting to gt into the field, I would advise doing something else. IT IS a dead-end job. A decent living wage cannot be had transcribing - certainly by the line, which is how most companies want it now. You MIGHT be able to find a sympathetic physician who wants complete control of his transcription at any cost and will pay you pretty well to do it in-house, but I haven't seen one for YEARS!

My very best advice is to use your tuition money to learn something else. The idea that i keep seeing here about working "part-time" or "staying home with the kids" is laughable to those of us who have transcribed for years. That information is pure HYPE from the transcription schools - who get paid whether you ever find a job or not - regardless of what you get paid. Honestly, if you can afford to make LESS than minimum wage for several years while you gain experience, go for it. Otherwise, waiting tables pays better!

Joanne in Bethel, Connecticut

65 months ago

I have been a transcriptionist for 17 years. It use to be so much fun picking up doctors' tapes, going home and typing and then dropping off the reports two days later. So much has changed because of new computer systems that offices and hospitals have started using. The electronic medical records has made offices turn to their own computer systems so doctors now enter the reports themselves. I see the end results and their typing is terrible but it is all about saving money. The at-home transcription companies that allow a person to work from home take such a cut of your wages that it may not seem worth it. BUT the plus side is that you don't need to spend money for ink, gas and when you want a vacation you don't have to scamble around to find someone to do your work. In my opinion it all evens out.

Hope everyone looking finds something eventually!!

I make $21.00 hour part-time (where there is one doctor with big fingers who can't type!!) and I make $18.00 at a local hospital that has an archaic system.

Joanne

Vanessa in Caldwell, Idaho

65 months ago

I wondered about the new computer systems that offices and hospitals have started using. My own doctor just inputs everything into the computer while examining me and that becomes a part of my medical history. I am getting ready to start school to be a MT. Should I get an associates degree? Would that make a difference rather than a certificate program which takes less time? I need a job from home as I live too far from civilization to make it worth while. Also have been an owner of my own businesses for so many years that the idea of being at home and working is so tempting. Another question I had is do you have to type 70wpm when starting out? Does the school you attend make a difference? Any answers would be very much appreciated.

melissaam12 in Indianapolis, Indiana

65 months ago

any advice on how to get someone to give you a job? I graduated from Career Step and cant even get an interview!!!!!

Dorothy in Denison, Texas

65 months ago

I was very lucky in that I graduated from a local well-known court reporting school that also offered a medical transcription program, which allowed me to use my steno machine to transcribe medical dictation at about 300 wpm. Of course, I had to buy my own program, which was about $5000. So, I was really in need of getting a paycheck coming in. My father-in-law was a doctor (chief of staff), so I was fortunate to get an interview at his hospital. Even so, the woman who ran medical records didn't want to give me a chance. However, she pretty much had to and I went to work for something like $7.50 an hour (in 1994). It took me about a year to prove my worth because even though I was extremely fast, I still had to "pay my dues" so to speak, to learn what was expected of me in the real world - and also because there's SO much more to learn outside of school. Pretty much everything you do has to be rechecked and fixed up by a superior before it can be forwarded to the chart. A lot of companies don't want to have to pay two people to do one job (transcriptionist and someone to check everything). I sure would go local by trying to make inroads with hospitals and clinics. Even so, prepare yourself for more than a year of making about minimum wage before you will actually be ale to do better. I know you don't believe me based on what your MT school promised you, but I went to school for five years full-time and transcribed at about 300 wpm and I still made very little money for a long time before I could be trusted alone to do the job. Best of luck!

Dorothy in Denison, Texas

65 months ago

Whether you type 70 wpm is irrelevant. You will be spending SO much time looking stuff up that you don't understand. What school you go to is also pretty much irrelevant as nobody will care. I'm telling you this because I have over $80,000 in school loans from court reporting and medical transcription school. You will be learning 75% of what you need to know to do the job ON THE JOB! That said, I seriously doubt you will be working from home anytime soon whether you go to school or not. It takes a LONG TIME (years) to be able to gain the knowledge to be able to work unsupervised at home as a MT. This constantly comes up and the only thing I can think of is that the MT programs are putting it out there that it's a great work-at-home opportunity. It really doesn't matter that you have other business experience because YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO WORK UNSUPERVISED for quite some time. That's the learning curve. I work at home because I have transcribed in every setting for 15 years, including as transcription supervisor in a major hospital.

Heather Jo in Logan, Utah

65 months ago

I have been a transcriptionist for 7 years and I'm here to say, I make a lot of money, enough to put myself and my husband through school with no loans and I'm only 23. I started at home, worked in a hospital for a few years during college, and I'm now back at home. I don't know what is wrong with the people who say they have done it several years or more and only make a little more than minimum wage. I make between 25 and 30 an hour and I've worked for several different companies and never had problems with work being bottlenecked. I can make as much money as I let myself. Work is out there, you just get what you put into it.

justcurious in Chickamauga, Georgia

65 months ago

Heather Jo in Logan, Utah said: I have been a transcriptionist for 7 years and I'm here to say, I make a lot of money, enough to put myself and my husband through school with no loans and I'm only 23. I started at home, worked in a hospital for a few years during college, and I'm now back at home. I don't know what is wrong with the people who say they have done it several years or more and only make a little more than minimum wage. I make between 25 and 30 an hour and I've worked for several different companies and never had problems with work being bottlenecked. I can make as much money as I let myself. Work is out there, you just get what you put into it.

Could you tell me who you work for. I know there is money out there to be made, and I don't make too bad, but don't make too good either. I have been wanting to see if I could actually find someone willing to pay more.

Msnider in Catron, Missouri

65 months ago

Heather Jo in Logan, Utah said: I have been a transcriptionist for 7 years and I'm here to say, I make a lot of money, enough to put myself and my husband through school with no loans and I'm only 23. I started at home, worked in a hospital for a few years during college, and I'm now back at home. I don't know what is wrong with the people who say they have done it several years or more and only make a little more than minimum wage. I make between 25 and 30 an hour and I've worked for several different companies and never had problems with work being bottlenecked. I can make as much money as I let myself. Work is out there, you just get what you put into it.

Could you tell me what I could do next? I got my medical terminology cert. and have trying to find out how and what to do next. Seems no one will answer my emails or they want me to pay them something for the information. I would greatly appreciate anything you could tell me.

Hannah in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania

65 months ago

I also would like to know who you work for. I'm also 23 years old and I really would like to be in your position making a lot of money as an MT. There are a lot of replies that are basically telling me that I wasted my time taking the medical transcription course...its almost as if theyre laughing at all the new people, telling us that we have to pay our dues. I don't know if I'm looking in the wrong places, but I sure would love to get started in this career. I'm getting really discouraged here.

justcurious in Chickamauga, Georgia

65 months ago

Hannah in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania said: I also would like to know who you work for. I'm also 23 years old and I really would like to be in your position making a lot of money as an MT. There are a lot of replies that are basically telling me that I wasted my time taking the medical transcription course...its almost as if theyre laughing at all the new people, telling us that we have to pay our dues. I don't know if I'm looking in the wrong places, but I sure would love to get started in this career. I'm getting really discouraged here.
Try putting a resume on Career Builder, companies look for transcriptionist on there

Heather Jo in Logan, Utah

65 months ago

I started working as an independent contractor for a local company my mom works for when I was 17. I then moved out and went to college, and got a job at the hospital there, where I quickly increased my knowledge and skills and became a trainer and got on their QA team. I then moved back home to get married last year and got a job with an outsourcing company called OSi. I would highly recommend going local first, and be willing to put in some time on site. Call the hospitals/clinics in your area and ask their medical records department who does their transcription and whether they outsource or not. If its in house transcription, you can get in a lot easier their, because they can help you through that initial learning curve that can be difficult at home alone. Better yet, if you can do what I did (my mom being a transcriptionist) get with someone who is a transcriptionist and is willing to work by your side. The company they work for will be more likely to hire you if you come with someone willing to train you. It is hard field to break into for sure, but it absolutely can be done and once you're in, you'll never have trouble finding a job again.

Heather Jo in Logan, Utah

65 months ago

justcurious in Chickamauga, Georgia said: Could you tell me who you work for. I know there is money out there to be made, and I don't make too bad, but don't make too good either. I have been wanting to see if I could actually find someone willing to pay more.

I work for both OSI and United transcription, but I have worked for McKay-Dee Hospital for a long while here in Utah. I make 9 cents a line when I type and 4.5 when I QA, which is pretty standard. Its just about what you know and how much time you spend looking things up. I rarely find something I have to look up (maybe 4-5 times a day), so I am faster than most. I have experience training too, and I have helped people learn faster ways to find terms, which helps so much.

justcurious in Chickamauga, Georgia

65 months ago

I have been a transcriptionist for over 10 years, but not sure how to go out and market to get my own clients. Do you have any advice in this area.

amit in New Delhi, India

65 months ago

can u give some clients to work with. i want to start my own production for medical transcription. i have experience of ten years in this field and presently working as production manager in florida based company here.

Donna in Saint Petersburg, Florida

65 months ago

Interesting...

Ricktyms in Saint Paul, Minnesota

65 months ago

Well, so many questons and concerns. First, the advice that Dorothy Denison gave regarding salary, in this economy just be thankful that you have a job. Secondly, I agree with Joann from Connecticut, you must weigh the pros and cons if you decide to work from home. I was a MT many years ago, left that field and worked in the academic world for 17 years as an Executive Secretary, transcribing and multiple other tasks. I realize that business transcribing is different but the fact remains that your ear is constantly being trained and you know the equipment. I went back to school 4 years ago to obtain a MT certificate (when I left the field this was not a requirement). I have also continued to take classes in medial terminology, anatomy and physiology and other related subject simply because I have a strong interest in those subjects. I have now been searching for an MT job for 2 years without any success. I have taken online tests and have passed only to be told that I need CURRENT experience. I think Dorothy also made a good point in stating that schools need to inform students the improbability of obtaining an MT job without years of experience. I know that are a few exceptions out there but very few. No one wants to hire a newbie. I spoke with an HR person from an MT company and he said "it is not going to happen". He shared that due to legal issues which can come up in transcription notes that newbies are excluded due to lack of experience. I am now tutoring students in a reading program in my company and this pays little but it is better than nothing. I occasionally read letters in this Forum. At one time I read every day and was constantly in search of an MT job. I have also studied for the RMT (many hours and may still take that test) but in reality I have moved on. So much of my time was spend learning, searching and studying and all to no avail. For those of you considering this avenue I would advice against it. I wish you all well.

Ricktyms in Saint Paul, Minnesota

65 months ago

OOPS I did not proof read my previous reply. I really am a good writer and communicator. My brain moves much faster than my fingers.

Researching the MT field in Panama City, Florida

65 months ago

husbandofwifewhoslookingatMT in Indianapolis, Indiana said: Has anyone ever thought about dishing out the $1,500 for a voice recognition program for which you would QA instead of doing the MT manually? Just wondering. My wife has been working for a insurance company in medical review for over 10 years. The last few from home. She is faced with going back into the office and was considering other careers. MT was one. I'm a system engineer and would lean toward the technological side. To me someone who wanted to do this, it would be worth it to not only get your cert but also invest in a program to dictate to that is already 99% accurate. Any thoughts?

Just curious - did anyone ever reply to your ideas here? I think you have a good point.

TJ in New York, New York

65 months ago

The answer is there is no speech recognition program that is 99% accurate. They are far less accurate than that. Plus if you are doing MT via a company's internet pipeline you are not actually getting files of the dictation itself to do anything with it on your own; you are just listening through their conduit. Plus most have to type directly INTO their system live rather than say, type in Word on your PC, and then send them a file that would make using speech recognition difficult to say the least even if it were accurate enough to be reliable in the first place. If speech recognition was 99% accurate, there would be NO transcriptionists, medical or otherwise.

Donna in Saint Petersburg, Florida

65 months ago

I could not have said it better. Thank you for sharing...

Jen in Choctaw, Oklahoma

64 months ago

I hate to see so many people still trying to break into this field. There used to be a few companies around that would "train" you once you were out of school with your "degree" in transcription, but I'm pretty sure those days are over. On top of that, what with all the outsourcing, it just doesn't make sense to spend time and money going into this field. Now if you want to live in India, that's a different story.

Dorothy in Denison, Texas

64 months ago

That's so true. Honest, we hate to be such downers, but the opportunities are just not there anymore for just-out-of-school transcriptionists. Heck, it's not very good for EXPERIENCED transcriptionists. The competition is fierce in the field right now and the wages are quite a bit lower than even when I started. It has nothing to do with you as a person; it has EVERYTHING to do with money! Companies just cannot afford to pay you to learn, and whether you believe it or not, you learned very little in your courses in school to prepare you for transcribing in the real world. If I were contemplating a career as a MT, I would look elsewhere for something to do. We are moving into editing now instead of actual transcription. The pay is really abysmal for editing (4 cents per line)! What other career can you think of where you must work like a maniac 8 to 10 hours per day without breaks in order to make a living wage? As for me, I am also a certified court reporter. Though I do like the freedom of working at home, I will soon be going out into the workaday world as a court reporter, in court, to be able to make my bills. When I started as a MT I was proud and we were respected and treated well by doctors. Now, it seems we are nothing but service robots (drones)who work for national companies and earn a pittance for "production" work. I hate to say it, but if you are in a position where you have a choice, choose another field to apply yourself. Being a MT is a dead-end career at this point.

Amari

64 months ago

Anyone from Florida with something positive about the industry? What about depositions for lawyers? Is there enough work and how is the pay? I am concerned, based on what I have read.I have been considering stenotype and doing alot of reasearch for about six months. I need more than one person with some positive feed back? I am 40 and do not have time to put in dues. Some one please tell me something good.

TJ in New York, New York

64 months ago

Medical transcriptionists do not handle depositions for lawyers. Court reporters do. You can take a court reporting course and finish it in around 2 years. I think it is a better profession than medical transcription because you have to be on the premises and they cannot outsource it offshore for fractions of pennies on the dollar like they are doing with medical transcription. That is what killed medical transcription for Americans. Sad because it could be a great "green profession" they are always yapping about us needing (telecommuting instead of burning tanks of gas going back and forth to work) BUT of course the big corporations only care about their bottom line, so if Americans are "too expensive to pay" they will gladly abandon us for the third world.

TJ in New York, New York

64 months ago

For those Americans determined to learn medical transcription for a work at home job:

The only way IN is through the school you attend. You must attend one of the top online MT schools because if you graduate from one of them, the employers will hire you because the employers trust their training programs. Here they are:

M-Tec and Andrews (TOP schools; both have a very active placement program; if you do well in their course and graduate you should get a position)

Career Step (next best school but kind of a distant third; can't say anything about placement; but supposedly it is possible to get a work at home job right off the bat from Career Step also)

If you are an American and go to any other school for medical transcription, even a "live" campus school, do not expect to get hired, period.

Trace in Cocoa, Florida

64 months ago

Heather Jo in Logan, Utah said: I have been a transcriptionist for 7 years and I'm here to say, I make a lot of money, enough to put myself and my husband through school with no loans and I'm only 23. I started at home, worked in a hospital for a few years during college, and I'm now back at home. I don't know what is wrong with the people who say they have done it several years or more and only make a little more than minimum wage. I make between 25 and 30 an hour and I've worked for several different companies and never had problems with work being bottlenecked. I can make as much money as I let myself. Work is out there, you just get what you put into it.

I would love to talk to you about your career as an MT. I have just recently completed the MT program at Allied Medical School and am waiting for my final grade to come back. I have been reading all of the posts on this website and am now feeling quite foolish and discouraged. I would really like to talk to someone who is having a positive experience in this field. If you have the time, could you give me some information about your success? My email is freetraci@gmail.com. Thank you!

Dorothy in San Antonio, Texas

64 months ago

As a medical transcriptionist and a certified licensed court reporter, I can tell you that should you decide on court reporting school, you need to know that it will take you around 4 years to graduate - not 2! Only 1% of those entering court reporting school will graduate. It is a VERY expensive schooling as well - about $50,000. You must be extremely motivated and TALENTED. However, the skills that are learned as a court reporter transfer easily to medical transcription, NOT the other way around.

TJ in New York, New York

64 months ago

The schools in New York for Court Reporters are Associates degrees and are designed to graduate people in two years. However, it is up to the individual to obtain the speed needed to graduate (and pass the test to become a court reporter in NYS), so they do allow people to take longer to gain the necessary skills. It does have a high dropout rate because many people just can't get fast enough.

Spiritude in Surrey, British Columbia

64 months ago

I'm 4 months pregnant and I was seriously considering becoming a Medical Transcriptionist... but after reading this forum, I'm left with the impression that I'd be making a big mistake; getting into an industry where I have to work my butt off for minimum wage.
For me it's a question of whether or not I want to make good money and put my child in day care, or make terrible money, but have the luxury of being with my child... I think I'll have to make a sacrifice and take a pay cut in order to be with my new born.
Thank you to everyone for posting their opinions, I found this very helpful, it has helped me see this career change from many different perspectives.

Dorothy in San Antonio, Texas

64 months ago

It's the same in Texas. Having through CR school myself, I can tell you that I only EVER saw ONE person graduate in 2 years. She was 18, just out of high school - no kids, no job. She practiced 5 hours a day after school!

I think the CR schools tell potential students 2 years both because of the AA degree program and because if people REALLY knew how much it cost to actually graduate the program no one would sign up!

justcurious in Chickamauga, Georgia

64 months ago

I don't know why everyone is stating it is minimum wage, as it is not. Yes, you do have to work hard, and NO it is not an easy job. If you dont have medical schooling of some sort, especially terminology, you will be lost and make so many mistakes. This is exactly why most companies do not hire right out of school, and trust me it is perfectly understandable. If you could get in the field, you do save lots and lots of money by staying at home. I my gas alone, without going to a job, I spend 400 plus a month. If I were having to drive to work, that would double. It is not an easy field, actually can be very frustrating and hard, especially when first starting out, but you can make money doing it, just as much as the next field.

Oudru

64 months ago

I graduated in 2 but I have another degree so many of the general college classes I had already taken. Now I can't find a job. I am afraid I have wasted my time and money. The college sold me on the program but left me out there with no help. No one wants a newby.

HALL77777@HOTMAIL.COM in Pittsburg, Kansas

64 months ago

AM IN MEDICAL ADMINISTRATION CLASSES KNOW AND NEED A JOB TYPING FROM HOME

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