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medical transcription skillsMany times, people interested in medical transcription have worked in other fields and have other unrelated career skills. I am frequently asked if these skills can transfer into helping them learn medical transcription.




This is actually a great question to ask about any career you may be interested in. It’s always nice to know that your current skill set will assist you in excelling in your next career move.

Using Your Existing Skills

People who have worked in healthcare or legal will usually do well in medical transcription. The skills of organization, typing, dealing with people, and attention to detail transfer well into the career of medical transcription.

Other skills that are useful in learning medical transcription are:

  • data entry
  • computer or technical career skills
  • any career where one works with numbers

Why numbers? Working with numbers takes excellent concentration, excellent typing ability, and attention to detail. Additionally, I’ve never met a school teacher who did not excel in medical transcription. Anyone who is good with reading, writing, editing will also excel in medical transcription.

Medical transcriptionists are sitting most of the day, so a person who is used to working outside or being on their feet all day may need to adjust to the new work environment.

Obtaining New Skills

If you do not possess any of the above career skills, do not despair. A good online medical transcription school that offers comprehensive online training will teach you everything you need to know from the ground up.

Skills that should be taught in a good program are as follows:

  • Increasing typing speed and accuracy
  • Productivity tools like word expander software
  • Software programs like MS Word
  • Medical terminology across a variety of specialties
  • Anatomy
  • Pharmacology
  • Lab/Path
  • Report formatting
  • Contain all levels of the SUM CDs
  • Equipment needed within the industry (laptop computer, WAV pedal to control the flow of dictation, etc.)

Lastly, a good online medical transcription school that offers good online training will offer comprehensive job placement, and will work with you until your skill set is employable regardless of how long that takes.

The skills that you bring with you from your life experience, previous jobs and careers, and your natural ability are all very helpful, but your greatest asset is your own determination to stick with it. If you have made a decision to do well, then nothing can prevent your success within the career of medical transcription.