Medical transcriptionists can opt to complete a two-year associate's degree or a one-year certificate course in order to qualify for a position, as a person must learn medical terminology and procedures as well as grammar and perfect typing skills.
Medical transcription can be specialized into different departments. They are often seperated by medical departments, which include general practice, radiation, dermatology, neurology, pain management, pediatrics and more.
If a person were to specialize into a specific department of medical transcription, such as neurology, payment for services from an average transcriptionist might increase from around $10.00 to $12.00 per hour to $14.00 to $15.00 per hour.
Many medical transcriptionists in every department are able to work on a telecommute basis, some under a per piece rate instead of a per hour rate, and a fast transcription typist might earn significantly more per hour than an average typist.
Transcriptionists might be required to work with audio prerecorded to a computer file and then typed under a deadline, or they might also have to work in real time, inside meetings or virtually via phone and typing as spoken, depending on the needs of different medical offices