1. You Can Work From Home

Since the internet has become a popular way of doing business these days, if one has a personal data assistant (PDA), that person may download the documents needed and work from home. This is ideal because you can do business in the comfort of your own office, in your pajamas if you so desire. It also allows you to work during whatever time of day is best for you. If for instance, if you have an event to go to during the day, there is no need to ask for time off; you have to option of working that night instead. Perhaps you like to workout in the mornings and the afternoon is when your brain works at its fullest potential--if you work from home, you will have the ability to incorporate work to your preferred schedule. However, if you feel that working at home will cut short your need for social interaction, have no fear; you may work at a medical laboratory, hospital, outpatient care center, or a medical office.

2. Short Training Period

Training for a medical transcriptionist comes in two forms--junior college and certificate programs. The associate's degree takes two years, but you may get a certificate in only one. In many of these programs, you will be given classroom as well as hands-on education. Then, immediately after graduation, you are eligible to take the exam to become a registered medical transcriptionist (RMT). In short, in as little time as a year, you can assert yourself as a fully qualified individual in your chosen trade.

3. Registered Apprenticeship Program

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Medical Transcription Industry Association have teamed up to offer a Registered Apprenticeship Program. To be eligible for this program you must be an RMT which means you have obtained either an associate's degree or a certificate in medical transcription from an accredited program and passed the RMT exam. The program offers two-years of paid hands-on training and instruction. So, while adding additional qualifications to your resume, you'll have two years of guaranteed pay.

4. Employment Growth

There is an expected growth of employment of 11% from the year 2008 to the year 2018. In 2008 the amount of medical transcriptionist jobs available was 105,200 and by 2018 it is expected to raise to 116,900--an increase of 11,700 jobs! These days, when it seems there are less and less positions available to the average worker, an 11,700 job increase is a nice number indeed.

5. You Determine Your Paycheck

Alright, so you can't determine your hourly wage (which can vary anywhere between $10/hr to $20/hr with an average of about $15/hr) if your employer decides to pay on an hourly basis. However, most medical transcriptionists are paid per line of transcription and perhaps will be offered rewards if they go above and beyond the call of duty. So, if the holiday season is approaching and you're in need of some extra cash, you can pump up your productivity and your paycheck.