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Donna in Bellingham, Washington

67 months ago

I would imagine much of the "psychotic" attitude comes from frustration, bitterness and anger from watching the once well-respected world of medical transcription going down the tubes and watching your rate of pay stay stagnate while productivity expectations go up. I've been a medical transcriptionist for over 20 years now and because of the advances of electronic technology, it's not the same job it was 20 or even 10 years ago. American MTs now have to compete with rock-bottom prices overseas transcriptionist's offer. This used to be a viable, respected profession. Now hospitals and clinics can't get rid of their transcriptionists fast enough because it's cheaper to send work overseas. It's unfortunate, but in this day and age of economics and technological advancements, it's what it is. Think about these women who have been doing this for 20+ years, who are middle-aged, or even near retirement. MT is the only thing they know how to do. Instead of making $3000 a month for a hospital or clinic, they're now down to $1500 a month because MT companies pay pennies per line. Working just as hard if not harder and making less. So get another job, some might say. The prospect of doing that is daunting, especially if you have a family to support. It's daunting if you're in your 50's or 60's.

Have some compassion. Many people make their work part of their identity...and they are watching it circle the drain. Hopefully you won't have to go through that yourself. MT is a dead-end job unless you're happy settling for less than liveable wages.

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Donna in Bellingham, Washington

67 months ago

I find it very curious that Jenny, who supposedly makes $60,000 while at home in her pj's, isn't replying to anyone asking her what company she works for. Jenny? Who do you work for? $60,000? Really? REALLY? I highly doubt it...

Jenny in Saltillo, Mississippi said: I also make a comfortable living doing MT. I love it. Where else can you do that and sit at home in your PJ's, go pick up the kids, get dinner ready, etc. I made over $60,000 last year.

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S in San Jose, California

65 months ago

Hi,
Greetings!
I am a Engineering graduate(Computer Science) ;having no MT experience but having a good command over medical terminology as Biology was my favorite subject in school.
Can you tell about essential equipments and criteria for home based MT jobs ? I have quite free time and wanted to do something productive.

Thanks

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Tankweti in Poughkeepsie, New York

65 months ago

Dorothy in Denison, TX. I would not advise you to go for nursing. I just grad from a 4 year nursing BSN program with honors and nursing dept honors and I cannot find a job. Many magna cum laude grads from my school (a private Catholic school with a good rep) have moved out of NYS as they cannot find work in nursing. Come to find out that it costs hospitals betweeen $22,000 to 100,000 to train a new nurse and hiring has been severely cut back as nurses salaries are 50% of a hospital budget. All those stories about a nursing shortage? True there are alot of jobs for nurses but they all demand one year of experience. If you dont have that, your resume is ignored. Some facilities have new grad programs but there are a huge number of applicants for these few spots as the nursing schools continue to pump out new grads without regard for what the market can bear. Last year, one famous NYC hospital had 7 new grad positions for the whole hospital. They received 1,600 applications. In my area, hospitals are now only hiring people who have already been working for them as a CNA because they are known (many CNA's go to nursing school). Hence, it is all about the foot in the door. I went back to nursing school at age 55, by the way. I have 25 years of med trans experience and recently got two job offers for that but turned them down because I thought I could get a job nursing.

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jbooser in Fort Washington, Maryland

65 months ago

I'm involved in a work at home business. I don't own it, I'm just trying to make a $1 in this rough economy. The only obligation is $10 per month to own your own website. You make money by the amount of people you refer who sign up and so forth. It's kind of hard for me to explain, but if anybody is interested, just send me your first and last name and a valid e-mail address and I'll send you everything via e-mail. It's a video that gives you the entire break down. There's just not enough space available to explain everything that the program offers, but I will tell you, there's no sign-up cost like all the scams. Pay such and such to get a starter package. I don't buy into that.

If interested, please e-mail me at jbooser@comcast.net and I will send it to you within 24 hours. If you want to sign up that's fine, if not, that's fine too.

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Tankweti in Poughkeepsie, New York

64 months ago

shawne said: I am a nurse and was wondering if that would cut down on the courses required to be a medical transcriptionist. Also how long does it take to complete a legitimate online course and is it realistic to think i could get an at-home position to start. Thanks shawne

Interesting. I was a med transcriptionist x 25 years and when it all got oursourced, I went to nursing school, got my BSN, passed my boards and now .... cannot find a job due to too many new grad nurses and not enough positions. Everyone wants one year of experience. Based on all my years of transcription experience, I think it would be hard to just jump into doing it at home. It is a matter of understanding the dictators speech patterns and cadence and if it is a foreign doctor then comprehending foreign accents. Since you are a nurse, you would probably know some of the required language, but you might also get a dictator in a specialty you don't know. I don't think being a nurse would cut down on the required courses, but you could always ask. I learned on the job and between that and having a BS in Biology, I got through it. But I also had coworkers around me to listen to a tape when I got stuck and couldn't understand what was being said.

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Mike L. in Waverly, Illinois

63 months ago

WOW, There really are some hateful and angry people here.
I need a new career cause the one I have been in for 24 years has gone dry. I regret looking at this site as just about every entry about someone hoping to get in the MT field is shot down and told to run. I'm going for it anyway with training and I'm not from India either, red blooded American. I think it's the very ones scared for their jobs that are trying to get us to run away.... There are a lot of jobs to be had here, I have watched the market for some time and have talked to a lot of people already involved. Quit being so negative, a day is what you make of it and same with a job. I worked for the crummiest of people in the past so this will definitely be a step up.

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Rojo in Grand Rapids, Michigan

63 months ago

Mike L. in Waverly, Illinois said: WOW, There really are some hateful and angry people here.
I need a new career cause the one I have been in for 24 years has gone dry. I regret looking at this site as just about every entry about someone hoping to get in the MT field is shot down and told to run. I'm going for it anyway with training and I'm not from India either, red blooded American. I think it's the very ones scared for their jobs that are trying to get us to run away.... There are a lot of jobs to be had here, I have watched the market for some time and have talked to a lot of people already involved. Quit being so negative, a day is what you make of it and same with a job. I worked for the crummiest of people in the past so this will definitely be a step up.

Go for it! Yes, some pretty hateful comments; but I still love my work and tried to stay away from bashing the work itself on this forum. You're right, I think some are trying to scare away possible competition right now. I welcome you to the fray! I wish you well. Work hard and do a great job, help us get our reputation back up. As with any other type of work, you have those who do the job but not very well and only a small percentage of those that are truly great at their work and care about doing a good job. I hope you will be one of those. Welcome and good luck!

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matt in Kendallville, Indiana

61 months ago

Ok so I’m going to explain my situation or what I am calling my game plan. I am still in high school. However, I graduate in about eleven months (counting my summer break). I wanted to become a nurse, but I think I want to take a year to a year and a half off and work plus have some fun (laughs). I was looking around at stay at home jobs because I feel that it would be the best for me at my age and my situation(I also have a sick mom who needs help ever now and again). I do still plan to go to college but I want to work and do something with my self during my time off.

Since visiting this forum I have heard some mixed emotions about this career move. So dose anyone think that I should/shouldn’t go for it? I have checked in to an online school that I am pretty confident about that is out in southern California it is also ADHI approved. I have also checked in to getting a new computer and a new desk to do the schooling and if I get a job from home do my work at also, if I don’t get a stay at home job well then I guess I will have an obsolete computer and a desk for when I go off to get my nursing degree.

I was also told that I could start the schooling to be an MT while still in high school, so I’m pretty psyched about that. I also understand that the schooling is some what hard and it isn’t guaranteed that I will get a job when I am completed. So, if I don’t get a job in this field within three to six months I will go for my CNA or do something else and forget about my year and a half of “fun” and at home work.

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persnickety in Stone Mountain, Georgia

61 months ago

No offense intended, but I find your comments to be somewhat unbelievable. If you could take dictation, which is what I'm assuming you're saying, at 300 WPM, why on earth would you want to do medical transcription and not court reporting since you said that the school you went to taught court reporting as well? I AM a court reporter, have been over 20 years, and believe me, if you are that fast you would be considered one of the best in the field and you could easily earn over 100K a year.

So as I said, your comments are somewhat unbelievable to me.

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Leanne in Portland, Oregon

61 months ago

persnickety in Stone Mountain, Georgia said: No offense intended, but I find your comments to be somewhat unbelievable. If you could take dictation, which is what I'm assuming you're saying, at 300 WPM, why on earth would you want to do medical transcription and not court reporting since you said that the school you went to taught court reporting as well? I AM a court reporter, have been over 20 years, and believe me, if you are that fast you would be considered one of the best in the field and you could easily earn over 100K a year.

So as I said, your comments are somewhat unbelievable to me.

I have been an MT for 12 years......its drying up. I make half what I did when I started. How long does it take to go to school for court reporting, and what experience do you need to get a job in this field? I'm a pretty fast at typing. Thanks for any information or help you can offer.

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Nancy in Honolulu, Hawaii

61 months ago

I have been a court reporter for 20 years. If I was to do it over again, I would choose X-ray technician, which can be advanced to MRI, radiation, ect. The medical field seems promising. You have to love science, though. If you research the payscale, I think you will be amazed at the earning potential and opportunities.

Good luck.

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jodi in Modesto, California

60 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 m in ceres ,ca and medical billing but i don't have job please can u tell me how can i start at home please i just move from MI and i applied for job in American response they said ur speed must have 45 please let me know what should i co i have 3 kids and i want be home and earn money is this possible and please give me any website which is beneficially for me.

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Michael in New Berlin, Illinois

59 months ago

Susan in Springfield, Illinois said: I completed a Medical Transcription course at college with a GPA of 3.85 and I can't seem to find a job for a newbie. I take pride in my work and would give 110%. I can work any time, any days.
Thank you.

Hi Susan, I'm about finished with schooling and just wondered how you have done as far as getting a job. I'm hoping to get in the field soon myself. With all the medical business in this area it seems like there would be some opportunity around... My grades are really good as well, I know being new will be difficult but I'm hopeful.

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TH81 in Gillett, Pennsylvania

59 months ago

someone who knows in Brownstown, Indiana said: WHY THE HELL DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST, IF YOU ARE A NURSE? You are in for a rude awakening. The general unspoken consensus is that medical transcriptionists are a bunch if idiot typists who don't know anything but how to type and can't even spell. That's the fact even though the the contrary is true. Be careful, because once you get into this unpleasant field with a bunch of hateful women, you will have a difficult time getting out. People will wonder what was wrong with your nursing skills that you are transcribing. Keep your nursing license up because once you finally are aware of all of this, it will be too late.

I am sorry, but I disagree with you. As an MT, you can work from home and still be able to care for your young children. As an RN, you are on-call, work holidays, weekends, swing shifts and you miss out on the things in life that truly matters...your family. If someone believes that there is problems with your 'nursing skills' because you choose a different career within the medical field, than that is pure ignorance...as you have shown us. Thank you for your opinion.

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Rojo in Grand Rapids, Michigan

59 months ago

TH81 in Gillett, Pennsylvania said: I am sorry, but I disagree with you. As an MT, you can work from home and still be able to care for your young children. As an RN, you are on-call, work holidays, weekends, swing shifts and you miss out on the things in life that truly matters...your family. If someone believes that there is problems with your 'nursing skills' because you choose a different career within the medical field, than that is pure ignorance...as you have shown us. Thank you for your opinion.

Thank you TH81 for being so tactful in your response...too many folks on here just ranting and raving without making a whole lot of sense. A large percent of career fields are low on available jobs not just MT work. We just gotta stick it out a little longer if we can. Obviously losing your job would cause a person to try changing careers, but don't change just cuz someone else soured you to it and don't discourage others from becoming what you are. I'm good at what I do, or so I'm told by my bosses, and would love to work with others who are not only good at this but also love doing it. Working a job is easy....loving a job is hard.

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TH81 in Gillett, Pennsylvania

59 months ago

So true, do what you love! That is certainly not easy for every one, but folks shouldn't be so hostile. Being unkind and speaking/typing before thinking, is uncalled for....just my two cents. Personally, I am looking forward to starting this new career and still being able to use my 'nursing skills.' I will find a good fit in a company in due time. Thank you for your response!

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SNAFU in Ottawa, Ontario

58 months ago

WOW in Jackson, Michigan said: WOW, There really are some hateful and angry people here.

Someone who knows. Did you work WITH women? Because if you did that would be why you appear so psychotic here.

What about working from home? 17 years?

Why were you so rotten to the nurse? Do you know what it is like to be a nurse? Talk about working with hateful women.

Your "reputation" from being an MT wouldn't be what is keeping you out of the work force it is your psychotic behavior.

I just stumbled across this site to investigate business opportunities in MT. You have totally polluted this site with your anonymous psychotic behavior.

Unfortunately since you are the only one carrying on about this field this way I wonder if it is a personal problem for you and not typical of the the MT prospect.

If you want to get a message across about the field you should try not coming across like a lunatic. I get the feeling that these hateful women around you didn't care for your psychotic behavior so you came here to try to abuse people.

I would really like to know what your rational is about hating this field so much but I'm afraid you have no "rational" in you. You aren't getting any message across about the field here, the only message is that you are nuts.

-----> I have been in the MT business for 30 years and can verify what is being said is actually quite true. She is not a lunatic but actually revealing the way it truly is. It is a low paying field and getting worse every day. You are at the mercy of companies who do not care about you per se, you are nothing but a machine to produce. It is detrimental to your physical health and mental health in this field. I would not recommend it to anyone and am looking for a way out myself.

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wondering in Rockford, Michigan

58 months ago

someone who knows in Brownstown, Indiana said: WHY THE HELL DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST, IF YOU ARE A NURSE? You are in for a rude awakening. The general unspoken consensus is that medical transcriptionists are a bunch if idiot typists who don't know anything but how to type and can't even spell. That's the fact even though the the contrary is true. Be careful, because once you get into this unpleasant field with a bunch of hateful women, you will have a difficult time getting out. People will wonder what was wrong with your nursing skills that you are transcribing. Keep your nursing license up because once you finally are aware of all of this, it will be too late.

Maybe it is that this nurse doesn't WANT to do nursing anymore. I also am a former nurse who wanted a change. I did transcription to pay for college (social work)and when I didn't find a job in social work I transcribed my way through nursing school. After 10 years in oncology nursing I went back to school to become a teacher. I have been teaching school x 15 years (currently at middle school and sick of it) and am now ready for a change. Why so hostile about someone wanting a change? Transcribing is NOT a job for idiots - it is hard and demanding.

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Jewel in Sulphur Springs, Texas

57 months ago

I am a certified Elementary and Special Education Teacher. Due to the economy and the teacher reductions happening eveywhere I am unemployeed. I have two small children and was interested in a medical transcriptionist job. I was wondering what I might need to do to properly understand what this type of career change might entail.

Julie Walker

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TH81 in Millerton, Pennsylvania

57 months ago

Hi Julie! This is a second career for me as well. I am a nurse, had a baby and can't fathom going back to work and leaving my son. I took an online course, work at your own pace at US career institute, the program took me less than 5 months. It cost less than $900 and they have a payment plan too. I applied everywhere it seemed, it is difficult to get in to some places. I just went in person, to a local hospital and they were in dire need and gave me a job. I will be getting .14-.16 per line...that is really good money (they usually pay per 65 character line)! So best case scenario, experienced and fast typists could earn 50-80 an hour..even more, especially when you are a contractor. I start Wednesday. From what I have learned so far, to start, you may type 100-150 lines/hour, but with different shortcuts/macros some people can type up to 500 lines an hour (that is if you are a fast typist and have fairly easy docs to transcribe for). There is money to be made out there for sure. Usually you have to hand in the reports within 24 hours, but since you have little ones like me, you can type while they sleep or when they play quietly, you can pick up where you left off if a little person needs you. I really am excited to start this. Best of luck to you and keep me posted!
Tess

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Jewel in Sulphur Springs, Texas

57 months ago

Tess,
Thank you so much for your quick response. I really thnk this would be a good job opportunity for me and really jus needed so reassurance that it would be good for my family. One more question, do you think I should get the degree first or find a job? I enjoy school and have always been an A+ student. I feel that if I appied myself, I could get my degree quickly. I really appreciate your input. Thanks again!!

Julie

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new mom in Ozark, Missouri

57 months ago

someone who knows in Brownstown, Indiana said: God love ya Shyla Beach of Oviedo, Florida! Because you are a new mom looking to work from home to be with your kids, you are a prime target for the "transcription at home" bull. Think long and hard before you do this, because you WILL be taken for a ride. Make sure you realize that you are NOT going to make big money unless you want to work 12 hours days 7 days a week. AND, your pay will go up and down depending on how the company decides to connect you that day and what they give you to work on. I recommend getting into some other respectable field. Many mothers work away from home, get paid more money (even though they pay childcare) and are much better off financially and emotionally.

I am new mom wanting to work from home and I know I can make more if I work away from home. For me its not about the money I want to be with my kid. I took a babysitting course when I was in hightschool to make a little summer money but what I relized was that the babysitter raises your child. They are with them all day you get them for a couple of hours before they go to bed thats it. I want to raise my child not someone eles.

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MTpockets in Barrington, Rhode Island

57 months ago

dlaurie483 in Toledo, Ohio said: I am currently taking a Medical Transcription course and I am having a really difficult time with the transcription. Are there any other jobs besides MT that I can get once I finish my course?

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get through the transcription part of the course without going crazy? I seem to be having trouble with commas and understanding some of the fast talking dictators that no matter how much you slow them down doesn't make any difference in trying to understand them. I have heard of run on sentences, but how about run on words or a better term would be mumbled words.

Medical transcription is a deadend job and is being shipped over to india via CBay. Forget it! It's a lot of work to build up your speed and knowledge with no reward. You'll be lucky to make minimum wage. I'm so sorry to tell you this, but I think honesty will save you a lot of wasted time and effort.

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MnD in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

56 months ago

Msnider in Catron, Missouri said: 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.

My best friend is hiring. She has no problems taking "newbies".......I currently work for her and she needs to hire a couple of more transcriptionists. Email her at 4theluvoffeet@gmail.com

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bethartz in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania

56 months ago

Does anyone know of programs that are coming out for physicians to dictate and create their own reports and make transcription go away?? I currently edit mostly and was just informed that the hospital I work for is looking into a program like this. They told us that we will not have a job within 5 years. I don't want to wait around that long to find out if this will actually work out and if this program is going nationwide I think I should go back to school instead of trying to find another transcription job elsewhere. I was devistated when I heard this because I am a new mother and absolutely LOVE working from home and for a great hospital with great pay. I really hope this is not the end of my career...any thoughts?!

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Rojo in Grand Rapids, Michigan

56 months ago

Hospitals have been trying to get doctors to do this for many many years; however, doctors are telling hospital administrators they don't want it. Sure, there are some doctors who like it and will use it, but the majority will not. This is what voice recognition software was meant to do and will do if someone decides to force the doctors to do their own editing and proofing; yet, after all these years, VR software is still edited by transcriptionists. Doctors didn't go to school to learn how to spend their days doing paperwork, they went to school to learn how to actually care for patients and they leave the crossing of Ts and dotting of Is to those who went to school to do just that.

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Dorothy in Denison, Texas

56 months ago

The truth about MT in Bel Air, Maryland said: I'm an MT. I've been one for several years. Here are a few facts. MT is one of the lowest paid professions (yes, it is a profession, not simply a job) out there. Literally, the average pay is only a few dollars above minimum wage. If you work for a company, realize that they are all about making money. You will have a line count you have to maintain. There is an excellent chance you will be required to work at least some of your shift on weekends. You will have to work at least several major holidays a year. If you work part time, you probably will get no benefits. Even if you work full time, if your line count drops for any reason (including low workload available) you will lose your benefits for that period of time. It is not unusual for major companies to pay somewhere between $0.08 to $0.09 a line. In fact, MT is one of the few professions where the average pay per line has decreased over the past 10 years! It used to be $0.12 or $0.13 per line. As far as voice editing goes, you will be compensated even less, somewhere in the range of $0.04 per line. MT is a production pay career. You are not paid hourly. Any time you are not typing, you are not making money. That includes researching correct terminology, deciphering foreign accents or (even worse) extremely poor grammar from American doctors, or even taking a bathroom break. Yes, there are people who make money at this, but there are a lot who only make 20,000 to 25,000 a year full time, and I guarantee you that they probably do quite a bit of overtime to reach that. For a profession that routinely requires 98% accuracy and above and an in-depth knowledge of medical science, that pay scale is a slap in the face. It is also pretty much a dead-end job with no advancement opportunities. If the children are small and you really need to stay at home and work, do it for a short time, but also explore other options for when they go to school.

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Dorothy in Denison, Texas

56 months ago

You are absolutely right. I graduated from a 1-year medical transcription course back in 1995. I did work for a couple of hospitals as a transcription manager over the years and earned a decent wage (55,000), but those jobs have really fallen off. I'm completely disgusted with the at-home situations. As I've been a transcriptionist for 16 years, I KNOW the terminology and can decipher the accents, but I cannot make a living working at home. You can work like a crazy person for 8 hours without a break and still only make $100 a day. Then the company will take out $800 a month for insurance. I paid a fortune to learn to be an excellent medical transcriptionist, but it sure appears to have no value. I see no options for myself but to go back to school and use the knowledge I've gained over the years to test out of classes to become a RN. If I had a chance to speak to someone contemplating a career as a MT, I sure would try to persuade them otherwise. It IS a dead-end job with little, if any, chance for growth. It may seem like a great way to work at home, but is only a little better than working for minimum wage - and that's if you are a fast typist with little need to research. I laugh when I hear women who think that they will be able to stay home with the kids and do this. In order to make even $10 an hour, you will need to transcribe as fast as you can without interruption. You are also right on about the pay for at-home transcription. I have worked for a few of the bigger companies. They pay, on average 7 cents for a 65-character line for transcription and 4 cents for editing. The editing is a joke. For most doctors voice recognition translates badly and it's so much easier to just scrap the whole report and just straight type it. VR makes me so angry. It's touted as a time saver, but all it really is is a way for the transcription company to pay the transcriptionist less for the same report. Most companies have a minimum line count of about 1200 lines per day.

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MnD in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

56 months ago

I COMPLETELY understand everyone's frustration but I can tell you as a business owner the doctors are NOT PAYING per line any longer. They all know how cheap it is to outsource and they all come to the table with a character count they are willing to pay. I have 5 accounts and not a one of them pay per line anymore, I am paid 65 character count and the pay isn't GRAND. It sickens me as well as I sit for 12 plus hours a day typing just like many of you. It's survival anymore, it's not about getting ahead in life. Do I agree with the way things are? ABSOLUTELY NOT but I have accepted the terms and continue to do what I love to do at home. That is the biggest perk of it all....no gas, no clothing expense, no makeup or hair expense.
We are all overworked and underpaid for what we do, but we must be thankful to have the opportunity to work especially when there are so many umployed that would kill for a shot at making $50-$100.00 a day. :)

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Dorothy in Denison, Texas

56 months ago

bethartz in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania said: Does anyone know of programs that are coming out for physicians to dictate and create their own reports and make transcription go away?? I currently edit mostly and was just informed that the hospital I work for is looking into a program like this. They told us that we will not have a job within 5 years. I don't want to wait around that long to find out if this will actually work out and if this program is going nationwide I think I should go back to school instead of trying to find another transcription job elsewhere. I was devistated when I heard this because I am a new mother and absolutely LOVE working from home and for a great hospital with great pay. I really hope this is not the end of my career...any thoughts?!

This rumor has been going around since I graduated from MT school - 16 years ago. That said, the pay for transcription is now very very low for a skilled profession. After all this time invested, I still only make about $25,000 a year (though I did have a couple of good years supervising at $55,000). I'm getting out because I'm now divorced and need to be able to support myself. I'm going to go back to school to become a RN. It's very hard to find a job to pay by the hour or salary instead of by the line.

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Rojo in Grand Rapids, Michigan

56 months ago

I am also an MT and feel that those bashing the profession are doing that just to discourage others from learning it and taking their jobs away because the "newbies" are faster and more accurate. I have been an MT for over 10 years. Before that, I was an insurance analyst and an administrative assistant with an insurance company. Both of those previous careers paid only $22,000 max per year. So, The truth about MT in Bel Air Maryland, $20,000-25,000 annual is actually a decent wage compared to other careers a clerical worker can get into. Anyone looking to do a comparatively easy job such as MT at home should not expect to make over $30,000 per year.....it doesn't matter if they were doing this 15 years ago (when you CLAIM average pay was 12-13 cents per line) or now. 12 years ago when I started, pay was NEVER as high as 12-13 cents per line base. The 12-13 cents per line came in only after you met certain production requirements AND were working OT hours. Oh, by the way, its still easy to reach the $150 per day mark if you use a program like shorthand or use your autocorrect feature in Word. That's what gets you your character count and the hospitals/doctors know it......thus the low rate per line/character.....they know you're not actually typing that many characters.

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mb in Collinsville, Oklahoma

54 months ago

The truth about MT in Bel Air, Maryland said: I'm an MT. I've been one for several years. Here are a few facts. MT is one of the lowest paid professions (yes, it is a profession, not simply a job) out there. Literally, the average pay is only a few dollars above minimum wage. If you work for a company, realize that they are all about making money. You will have a line count you have to maintain. There is an excellent chance you will be required to work at least some of your shift on weekends. You will have to work at least several major holidays a year. If you work part time, you probably will get no benefits. Even if you work full time, if your line count drops for any reason (including low workload available) you will lose your benefits for that period of time. It is not unusual for major companies to pay somewhere between $0.08 to $0.09 a line. In fact, MT is one of the few professions where the average pay per line has decreased over the past 10 years! It used to be $0.12 or $0.13 per line. As far as voice editing goes, you will be compensated even less, somewhere in the range of $0.04 per line. MT is a production pay career. You are not paid hourly. Any time you are not typing, you are not making money. That includes researching correct terminology, deciphering foreign accents or (even worse) extremely poor grammar from American doctors, or even taking a bathroom break. Yes, there are people who make money at this, but there are a lot who only make 20,000 to 25,000 a year full time, and I guarantee you that they probably do quite a bit of overtime to reach that. For a profession that routinely requires 98% accuracy and above and an in-depth knowledge of medical science, that pay scale is a slap in the face. It is also pretty much a dead-end job with no advancement opportunities. If the children are small and you really need to stay at home and work, do it for a short time, but also explore other options for when they go to school.

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mb in Collinsville, Oklahoma

54 months ago

someone who knows in Brownstown, Indiana said: God love ya Shyla Beach of Oviedo, Florida! Because you are a new mom looking to work from home to be with your kids, you are a prime target for the "transcription at home" bull. Think long and hard before you do this, because you WILL be taken for a ride. Make sure you realize that you are NOT going to make big money unless you want to work 12 hours days 7 days a week. AND, your pay will go up and down depending on how the company decides to connect you that day and what they give you to work on. I recommend getting into some other respectable field. Many mothers work away from home, get paid more money (even though they pay childcare) and are much better off financially and emotionally.

About 7 cents a line is what you would make and you have to work your fingers to the bone to make any money. If you don't type a full 65 character line you don't get paid for that line. Why they school anyone for this profession anymore is beyond me. Its all about money but they don't tell you that you don't really make any. I don't mean to be negative but it is the truth.

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mb in Collinsville, Oklahoma

54 months ago

Rojo in Grand Rapids, Michigan said: I am also an MT and feel that those bashing the profession are doing that just to discourage others from learning it and taking their jobs away because the "newbies" are faster and more accurate. I have been an MT for over 10 years. Before that, I was an insurance analyst and an administrative assistant with an insurance company. Both of those previous careers paid only $22,000 max per year. So, The truth about MT in Bel Air Maryland, $20,000-25,000 annual is actually a decent wage compared to other careers a clerical worker can get into. Anyone looking to do a comparatively easy job such as MT at home should not expect to make over $30,000 per year.....it doesn't matter if they were doing this 15 years ago (when you CLAIM average pay was 12-13 cents per line) or now. 12 years ago when I started, pay was NEVER as high as 12-13 cents per line base. The 12-13 cents per line came in only after you met certain production requirements AND were working OT hours. Oh, by the way, its still easy to reach the $150 per day mark if you use a program like shorthand or use your autocorrect feature in Word. That's what gets you your character count and the hospitals/doctors know it......thus the low rate per line/character.....they know you're not actually typing that many characters.

Please. Just give me a break! Discouraging them? We are trying to save them from major disappointment. Please!!

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mb in Collinsville, Oklahoma

54 months ago

Hannah in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania said: 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.

You did waste your money and I am sorry no one warned you.

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mb in Collinsville, Oklahoma

54 months ago

I am not seeing my comments anywhere but long story short save your money and go to school for something else. It just isn't worth it!

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yahoo in Hurdland, Missouri

54 months ago

Kathy in Springfield, Illinois said: You need to learn English!!! There are so many grammer mistakes in your sentence, nobody would hire you

grammar should not be spelled "grammer". pot calling kettle, come in, kettle.

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MnD in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa

53 months ago

Hello :)

Hey gals. I have been getting a TON of inquiries and resumes. I am looking for someone living in CENTRAL time zone. If this fits you email me at 4theluvoffeet@gmail.com I am currently looking to bring on 2 more new graduates!

I would love to hire you all that are in dire straights and needing a job, but I need us to be on the same time zone due to different time zones that my accounts are in! My apologizes to all of you that I have to turn down. :(

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LaQuita in Jackson, Mississippi

53 months ago

Hi,
I live in the central time zone and would like to be considered for future positions with your company. This has been a long journey for me since my graduation 2 years ago. I pray an opportunity comes my way soon. Here is my e-mail address: hudgiestranscription@yahoo.com.

MnD in Sergeant Bluff, Iowa said: Hello :)

Hey gals. I have been getting a TON of inquiries and resumes. I am looking for someone living in CENTRAL time zone. If this fits you email me at 4theluvoffeet@gmail.com I am currently looking to bring on 2 more new graduates!

I would love to hire you all that are in dire straights and needing a job, but I need us to be on the same time zone due to different time zones that my accounts are in! My apologizes to all of you that I have to turn down. :(

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able mable in Oxford, Mississippi

52 months ago

TH81 in Millerton, Pennsylvania said: Hi Julie! This is a second career for me as well. I am a nurse, had a baby and can't fathom going back to work and leaving my son. I took an online course, work at your own pace at <tess's training company name advertisement>, the program took me less than 5 months. It cost less than $900 and they have a payment plan too. I applied everywhere it seemed, it is difficult to get in to some places. I just went in person, to a local hospital and they were in dire need and gave me a job. I will be getting .14-.16 per line...that is really good money (they usually pay per 65 character line)! So best case scenario, experienced and fast typists could earn 50-80 an hour..even more, especially when you are a contractor. I start Wednesday. From what I have learned so far, to start, you may type 100-150 lines/hour, but with different shortcuts/macros some people can type up to 500 lines an hour (that is if you are a fast typist and have fairly easy docs to transcribe for). There is money to be made out there for sure. Usually you have to hand in the reports within 24 hours, but since you have little ones like me, you can type while they sleep or when they play quietly, you can pick up where you left off if a little person needs you. I really am excited to start this. Best of luck to you and keep me posted!
Tess

Tess's story has to be bogus- maybe advertising for a company- no one gets 0.14¢ to 0.16¢ a line anymore it is more like 0.035¢ per line- yes three and one half cents per line.

And local hospitals do not hire off the street when they have people beating down their doors with resumes via email or transcription services trying to get in.

Tess is fake.

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carrie in Nelson, British Columbia

52 months ago

someone who knows in Brownstown, Indiana said: WHY THE HELL DO YOU WANT TO BECOME A MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONIST, IF YOU ARE A NURSE? You are in for a rude awakening. The general unspoken consensus is that medical transcriptionists are a bunch if idiot typists who don't know anything but how to type and can't even spell. That's the fact even though the the contrary is true. Be careful, because once you get into this unpleasant field with a bunch of hateful women, you will have a difficult time getting out. People will wonder what was wrong with your nursing skills that you are transcribing. Keep your nursing license up because once you finally are aware of all of this, it will be too late.

I completely agree here. Nursing would be a way better job. Medical transcriptionists are lucky to make $5 bucks an hour. I have never been paid so horrible at any job in my life. Really not worth it. It's below minimum wage working for a transcription company. If you work for a clinic you will make $15 dollars an hour if your lucky. Might as well just get a job in a store, same pay and no schooling required. Very disappointed in my decision. I also took an approved AHDI course, didn't help. Still had to pretty much beg for my first job. And didn't make enough money to pay bills and rent even working full days. It's a joke, really. And I would advise everyone to be careful about checking their medical records and dosages for medications and that they are getting the proper diagnosis typed on their personal reports, because really paying people these wages and half of them being sent off to India, is anyone really going to care about what they are typing?

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mozart in Dallas, Georgia

52 months ago

I'm also a nurse who's wanting a career change. And yes, I know MT's make less than nurses. I'm just at a point in my life where I want to use my knowledge and experience for something else. I work part-time for a home health company but am sooooo tired of the paperwork. I'll work all day and then come home and finish paperwork until 8:30 - 10:30 pm. I type well and would like something as a side job. And something I could do from home, although I'm not opposed to working on-site to start off. Any suggestions as far as legitimate online schools to look into?

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Rajavelu. S in Madras, India

51 months ago

After having read all the above comments, let me place some of my comments too. It is true that medical transcription is not a career that is worth it because we are being paid low considering the effort we have to put in. Please do not blame Indian companies or Indian MT for no fault of theirs, because it is only the American companies have opted to place offshore jobs to earn more profit. However, I am really sorry for American brothers and sisters if we here in India in anyway have affected you in this field. Yet, we wish you all success.

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MnD in North Sioux City, South Dakota

51 months ago

Hello :)

Hey everyone. I have a need for 2 transcriptionists ASAP for 2 of my doctors. I need those that are in CENTRAL time zone. If this fits you email me at 4theluvoffeet@gmail.com

I look forward to hearing from you.

Angie

(I have NO idea why it says my location is in South Dakota....sorry for the confusion but I am MnD in Iowa.)

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****** in West Chester, Ohio

49 months ago

Dorothy in Denison, Texas said:

In response to how much a transcriptionist can earn, I've been doing this for 16 years, I work for a hospital, I make $18.25 per hour, am a full-time 40 per week employee with full benefits, and have an incentive pay scale, so I make about $23 per hour. I also work part time for a service where I make about $35 per hour.

I am a single mom and have put 2 kids through college.

You can make money if you work for the right people.

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****** in West Chester, Ohio

49 months ago

Tess is not lying. I have some standards of my own that I have where if I get a lot of this particular doctor, I can type up to 750 lines per hour. Making your own standards it the key. Most doctors just repeat themselves.

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Jen Ziegler in Bel Air, Maryland

49 months ago

My name is Jennifer and I have recently completed an online MT course and I am looking for a job ( home based). I am having a hard time finding a company that takes new MT's. Can anyone give me any suggestions? I have everything I need to start. I can start right away and I can work anytime and any day. I am a stay at home mom and both of my kids are in school, but because of my husbands job I need to have the flexibility to be at home. I am very eager to start working. My email address is jenniferziegler@verizon.net. Thanks

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Ooshla in Columbus, Ohio

49 months ago

Kathy in Springfield, Illinois said: You need to learn English!!! There are so many grammer mistakes in your sentence, nobody would hire you

Except that it is spelled "grammar". For someone who is correcting someone else's grammar, you surely lack the ability to spell one of the simplest of words.

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lalabhadd in Virginia Beach, Virginia

49 months ago

this is only for those who are just trying to get some etra cash in their pockets. i have only been working with this site for a day now and already made $23.04. they let you cash out anytime plus there is no minimum pay out. and you get paid with in 48 hours via paypal if you choose. its basically just a survery site plus other things you can do to earn money. well yea best of luck:) spread the word. oh yea and here is my link.

www.prizelive.com/r/lalabhadd

www.prizelive.com/r/lalabhadd

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