Are you thinking about a career change? It is never too late to change your career track and now is the time to do it. (It’s better late than never, right?) Because a lot of us work for 8-10 hours a day and it consequently takes up most of our daily time schedules, it is important to absolutely love what you do so that work isn’t work… it’s enjoyable.
There are many different ways to get back into the job market, and many different careers that will both suit your needs and lifestyle. To get the ball rolling, one idea for a possible career change is in none other than the transcription industry. Transcription jobs are a growing trend and, for many people, a relief due to the fact that many transcription jobs are work-at-home based. Transcriptionists are essentially independent contractors who typically work from home transcribing and recording important audio files into text format.
There are generally three types of transcription career tracks: Medical transcriptionist, Legal transcriptionist and General transcriptionist.
Medical Transcriptionist: A medical transcriptionist transcribes doctors’ recorded reports and other miscellaneous information into written format.There are a few skills needed for this career track:
- Previous experience
- Certification in medical transcription
- Knowledge with medical terms, legal standards and privacy requirements (such as HIPPA)
However, if this type of transcription work interests you but you don’t fill all of these qualifications, you can study on your own or seek a tutor/program to learn the necessary information.
Legal Transcriptionist: A legal transcriptionist creates and edits documented reports from legal, professional dictations. There is no formal training required to become a legal transcriptionist, but you should have the following general skills to become one:
- Knowledge and understanding of legal terminology
- A good command of the English language
General Transcriptionist: A general transcriptionist converts audio into to texts for various businesses, and covers everything from focus group and business transcription to lecture and transcription. In addition, there is actually a growing trend for general transcriptionists right now.
Although there is no formal training required for career track, many companies hire based on experience and knowledge. There are quite a few benefits in working as a transcriptionist as well.
- You can work from home, so it is perfect for stay at home parents.
- It provides flexible hours and workload.
- There is a great earning potential in the career. Experienced transcriptionists
earn $50,000-$55,000 annually.
To get hired by a transcription company that provides a reputed transcription service, you should look for all the information that you can. It is important to do some research and find out about legitimate companies and services before you sign onto any company or website.Look at their experience, client list and different reviews/testimonials (like a GMR Transcription review for us, for example), to check in on their services with clients.
This leads me to my obvious next point… we are always accepting applications and looking to expand our team of talented transcriptionists. If you are interested or know anyone who might be, feel free to call us or shoot us an e-mail at any time.
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Beth Worthy is the Director of Operations for GMR Transcription Services, Inc an Orange County, California based company that has been providing accurate and affordable transcription services since 2004. GMR Transcription has worked with over 8,000 clients spanning myriad industries and prides itself on its customer service and quick turnaround time. Their services include audio transcription, video transcription, and digital transcription, as well as Spanish and Mandarin translation. Google +