Why do I want to move from medical transcription to something in genealogy? I’m a Certified Healthcare Documentation Specialist (CHDS) and have been since 2004. My MT career began in Nov 1999. I’ve been at it for awhile, always working in an acute care setting. For nearly 20 years, I worked for the local hospital until they could no longer afford me. Let the outsourcing begin! They went with a national company who offered me a position, which I took only for the health insurance, most assuredly not for the pay. The pay is laughable. I lost half of what I made at the hospital annually. Rude awakening, for sure, but on with life.
I literally get paid $0.0505 per line of dictation I edit. CENTS! This is editing speech/voice recognition of what a physician/clinician has dictated for a patient’s medicolegal record (sometime I’ll post a snippet of it so you can see what it looks like raw). When my job at the hospital ended, I figured I’d need to edit 4k+ lines per day to earn a comparable salary. Most days, I manage around 1800 lines total.
The one thing I love about MT is the research, learning something new every single day. Something I don’t love about MT is when your system crashes inexplicably in the middle of a god-awful long report that you will most likely need to type over because, even though they say the system saves your corrections, it doesn’t. Whee!
Enough about medical transcription. If you have any questions about the job, feel free to ask. Unfortunately, at this point, I don’t suggest it as a new career for anyone as I anticipate its complete demise in the next 5-10 years.
ETA: I worked in-house all those years at the hospital; now, I work from home.