The majority of medical transcriptionists are employed in comfortable settings, such as hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, laboratories, medical libraries, government medical facilities, or at home. An increasing number of medical transcriptionists telecommute from home-based offices as employees or subcontractors for hospitals and transcription services or as self-employed independent contractors.
Increasing demand for standardized records in offices and clinics of physicians should result in rapid employment growth, especially in large group practices. Job opportunities should be the best for those who earn an associate degree or certification from the American Association for Medical Transcription. Hospitals will continue to employ a large percentage of medical transcriptionists, but job growth will not be as fast as in other areas.
Many medical transcriptionists work a standard 40-hour week.
Self-employed medical transcriptionists are more likely to work irregular
hours—including part time, evenings, weekends, or on an on-call basis.
Medical transcriptionists who work in physicians’ offices and clinics may have other office duties, such as receiving patients, scheduling appointments, answering the telephone, and handling incoming and outgoing mail. They take verbatim reports of speeches, conversations, legal proceedings, meetings, and other events when written accounts of spoken words are necessary for correspondence, records, or legal proof.