Medical transcriptionists work in many environments such as hospitals, clinics or laboratories, governmental medical offices and at home.
Transcriptionists can work from home and be self- employed. In order to work from home one must have at least two years experience in transcribing. Self-employed transcriptionists may work irregular hours like part time, evenings or weekends and on call.
You can work as much as you want or as little as you want when working from home. The average working week is 40 hours. You have to have a computer, dictaphone, foot pedals and tapes. It must be quite when you work and no distractions. This allows you to be accurate and to complete your work on time.
Some may work under the supervision of a CMT or health information administrator in the larger facilities. Some are contractors or are full time. If you have worked in this field, long enough you can be promoted to a supervisory job that involves overseeing of many employees.
There are drawbacks to being a transcriptionist. It can be sitting for long periods causing back, neck, shoulder and hand problems one of which is carpal tunnel. So be sure that this job is for you before you commit yourself to it.