a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Job

A/Z, this is how I earn money for me

J - Job




This is my work area.  I do have a window but it just looks out to the people next door to one of their walls, not much of a view.  I can look straight ahead and out the kitchen window and can see the bird feeders, but most of the time I am looking directly at the computer screen doing my work.

As many of you know, I'm a medical transcriptionist/editor.  For those that don't know what that means, I type up what doctors dictate after they see a patient or do surgery on a patient, so I have to know medical terminology, pharmacology, etc.  These days due to voice recognition, I mainly edit what is dictated, which means the software generates what it thinks the doctor says and then I listen to the actual dictation and make corrections with what the software thought it heard. Sometimes it hears something totally different than what the doctor said. Supposedly in time, the software is supposed to learn the corrections we make and make the corrections itself, but I haven't seen that happening in the 7 years since it was introduced.  I work for a national transcription company from my home.  My work comes through on the Internet, that's why I need a fast reliable one.  

I've been doing this for over 35 years.  The field has changed a lot like I have written about before.  Would not recommend anyone starting out to get into the field.  I'm hoping I can stick with it and it sticks around until I'm ready to retire in about 9 years or so.  

Even though I have been doing it for those many years, I continually seem to learn new words every day.  I really do like typing/editing medical reports, fascinating how the body works.  It is fun to work at home, but there is a discipline to it. I do clock in and out at the beginning and end of my shift as well as for lunch break.  I get paid on production and have a minimum amount of lines I need to do hourly.  

All in all though, I do enjoy working. 

What was your favorite job you worked at? 

(head's up, K on Monday could be a little morbid/sad; its okay if you skip it, Tuesday for L is a scenic one).

Have a great weekend!

57 comments:

Eileen T said...

My favourite job is my current one. I've worked in offices in the past, enjoyed the work but couldn't stand the office politics! Now I'm self employed as a music teacher travelling between several schools to teach 8 to 11 year old how to play brass and/or woodwind musical instruments. Lots of days it doesn't feel like I'm working!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

I had to two favorites: 1-teaching remedial math to junior high students, and, 2 - frame shop manager at a hobby shop.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

My favourite job is the one I have now - author and publisher :) I love it. Sometimes it's a pain, but I wouldn't give it up for the world. I shall keep my fingers crossed for you that your field keeps you happy for the next 9 years or so :)
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Favourite job? Hmmmm, most likely when I was monitoring asbestos abatement projects; always a challenge!

lyndagrace said...

I didn’t have much of a work variety. So not much to compare to. But I kind of like what I am doing now. And I have to say I like it the best. That is retirement!
I highly recommend it. :)

Jeff Bushman said...

I really liked it when I had my own business as a landscaper. I loved creating beautiful landscapes for people. Working with the soil and being around all of the trees, shrubs and flowers was pretty special.

Bushman
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@jwb81074

Bijoux said...

I enjoyed being a manager at a dept store because I never had to sit down.

I enjoy reading about medical research, so your job sounds interesting.

TARYTERRE said...

Sounds like a fascinating job. The fact you can work from home makes it even more attractive. Love your computer setup. when I'm doing something I need peace and quiet. It appears you have that. Since you like your work, hope you get to continue well into the future until you decide to retire, like you plan.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I think you have a wonderful job and can work at home. I spent hours behind a computer, but in an office. The office wasn't bad but I didn't enjoy the travel to and from work and the expense of having a car. I can only imagine that being at home has saved you a lot over the years. My favorite job was being a mom and a keeper of the home. That was full time work when my children were young. Now I'm retired and loving that too.

Maria Zannini said...

Very cool. It's great that you've stayed with it for so many years.

My degree is in graphic design. Today, I design book covers, but I've designed everything from logos to packaging.

Although I love my job my favorite work was when I worked as a vet tech. I learned so much--and so useful since I have so many dogs and farm animals.

Maria Zannini said...

Very cool. It's great that you've stayed with it for so many years.

My degree is in graphic design. Today, I design book covers, but I've designed everything from logos to packaging.

Although I love my job my favorite work was when I worked as a vet tech. I learned so much--and so useful since I have so many dogs and farm animals.

Wendy said...

I was an English teacher but am lucky to have been able to retire early. Now I'm at the computer most days doing family research and blogging. My daughter works from home as a media buyer for an advertising company that does mostly digital advertising. When she says she needs more work clothes, she usually means pajamas.
~Visiting from AtoZ

Hollie said...

I admire you as I COULD NOT do your job! I took Medical Transcription when I went to school for a Medical Receptionist which I couldn't find a job for. I passed the class with an A, but there's NO WAY I'd want to do that. I really struggled with the class.

I guess the job I do now is my favorite as I've been doing it for 27 years. lol

Linda said...

Enjoy photo assignments. Working less than when I started 24 years ago but has been very good timing. My mom has an online health chart now. Hope things work out till your retirement.

Looks to be beautiful day, enjoy your weekend, too!

Keith's ramblings said...

I took early retirement - the worst thing I could have done after 40 years or so of uninterrupted working. I didn't realise how much I valued it until it wasn't there any more. But at least I'm now getting to see the world!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Sounds great! And there certainly is a discipline to this. Not everyone can work from home.

Pat Hatt said...

I enjoy writing from home, but that doesn't pay the bills haha and yeah, those stupid dictation things never get the words right after a while, they always make the same mistakes. Dumb programs lol at least Skynet isn't upon us yet

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I taught high school for 34 years. I loved working with teenagers but all the other bull really pushes people out of the field. Too many politicians involved in education.

Chrys Fey said...

I like your desk. The screen seems a bit too high up for me though. My favorite job is still writing. :)

jaybird said...

Your computer area is much cleaner and much more organized than mine!

I have had so many jobs over the years, but of course the most challenging, most humbling would have to be being a mom to my three girls. :)

Mevely317 said...

Your work sounds truly fascinating, Betty. (Is this where you blog, as well?)
Unfortunately, I think I lack the discipline needed to work from home.

My absolute fav job was supporting the sales team at WTSP-TV in Tampa/St. Pete. Not so much the work, but the unparalleled camaraderie which existed among us. Mostly, I felt appreciated. This was, of course, before acquisition by a media giant and their and ensuing classes: i.e., 'ethics in journalism' (hahahaha!!!!!!), 'sexual harassment in the workplace' and 'political correctness.'

Have a great day!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I liked that you have worked from home for 35 years. That's a long time at one job. I'm glad you like it. My favorite job was working at Hallmark after the kids were grown. Debby

Suzanne Sapsed said...

I haven't really had a favourite job, I have enjoyed aspects of every one - I think I'm very lucky like that. Or maybe I just walk around with my head in the sand and don't notice what's going on around me! xx

Ruth said...

I don't know what would be a favorite job. I don't know that I have ever had one I really loved. I currently stay at home. My health isn't too great so working is not much of an option. I have thought of looking online, but I am not too fast at typing so I doubt there is much I could do.
I have a relative that does what you do.

S. L. Hennessy said...

it's good to always find something new, even with a job you've been at for more than 30 years. Keeps it fresh.

Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
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Bob Sanchez said...

Hi from a fellow A to Z-er! That was an excellent description of your job.

Jo said...

My last full time job running the company's fleet of cars and travelling to meetings concerned with the job.

Intangible Hearts said...

My favorite job? Hmmm, probably working at The Californian. It was a newspaper in Temecula.

Saleslady371 said...

Enjoyed hearing about your workday and I have respect for you to work at home in disciplined fashion. My favorite work has been in sales.

J E Oneil said...

I love that work area, especially that neat desk you have.

That doesn't sound like a bad job to have. I hope you can make it through to your retirement :)

Birgit said...

First your desk is so neat and tidy-opposite of mine:) I think it is so nice to be able to work from ones' home. I think my favourite job is my present one because I can help people who are in tight financial constraints

Joanne Noragon said...

I was a medical transcriber part time, back in the seventies. Never had a favorite job; I liked almost every one when I was involved.

Liz A. said...

I haven't really held a lot of jobs. So, I guess my current one is my favorite (compared to the retail job).

susie said...

I had no idea you worked at home.

I was a camp counselor when I was 20 or so. I was in charge of six year old boys. We went to a different place every day...the zoo, the pool, the...I can't remember. But it was fun.

Chatty Crone said...

Boy and if you write or type the wrong thing - do you have their life in your hand?

Mildred said...

I admire what you do. The technology sure has changed over the years. I hope you will enjoy your Sunday.

Stephanie Faris said...

I did basic transcription once. Yikes. That's HARD work! It was a focus group and I had to type up what was said. It gave me an all new appreciation for the work you guys do--and I didn't even have to know complicated medical and pharmaceutical terms.

yaya said...

My job is medical also but not from home...helping to take out a gallbladder, appendix, or do a total knee would be so messy at home! I have about 6yrs before I want to retire. My fav job when I was young was as a candy girl in a busy movie theater. It was my first job and I loved making my own spending money and seeing movies for free! However, I did have a longing to play Snow White when Disney World was just opening back in the early 70's. Now I could play the wicked witch! ha! Good to learn more about you and having to decipher what our Docs say would drive me crazy!

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Favorite job...well, I like the one I have now a lot, but I can't say it is my favorite. I enjoyed my second one in my second position there. A lumber mill. I started out in accounts receivable and transferred over to the traffic dept. In traffic, we put trucks under outgoing loads and fought demurge charges with the railroad. Talked to folks all over the country.
But my hands down favorite was working the front desk at a little local oil distributor. I loved our customers! I loved knowing the products. But I left it to come home and have Hannah and raise her to school age. Anyway, the company went belly up within two years after that.
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jack69 said...

Since meeting you on the internet, I have always admired your work. I cannot imagine the discipline it takes to work from home with out too many interruptions.
I understand a lot, about the word recognition and software that gets it wrong. I see it on my use of voice to print for my hearing loss. At times it is actually funny.

Jerralea said...

Believe it or not, I once did medical transcription from home for about a year. It was just for one doctor and I only did it for one day a week in addition to my regular job. I had a friend who worked for the same doctor who had recommended me, so for her sake I stuck it out for a year. I was not very good at it. :(

I filled in for a couple weeks in another doctor's office transcribing for him and it was a nightmare! He was very difficult to understand.

Of course, my favorite job is the one I've been doing for 18 years - being a ministry assistant at a church. Love my church family!

Sunni said...

I love doing freelance but that's a very unstable pay check. I've been trying to get on PT where I live doing about anything but so far, no outside job. I think its partly due to my age. Usually employers want kids fresh out of high school.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Sophie Duncan said...

My favourite job is 'author' - but I don't get do do it full time, I am a project manager as well. I'd say it's the people that I care about rather than the day to day work, which can be anything from report writing to organising and strategising on the project. I've been lucky enough to work with some great teams :0
Sophie
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Cindi said...

my favorite job...a buyer for a hospital. I loved learning about the products, and the intended uses. Surgical items in particular. Each Dr had a favorite instrument from different manufactures. challenging for sure.

A Joyful Chaos said...

My favorite job is probably my current one. Author/stay-at-home mom.

Nick Wilford said...

Yep, my favourite job is definitely my current one - freelance writer and editor. Being able to work at home is great. I did like being a care worker for a while, but the problem with that job was very unreliable and random shifts.

Cindi said...

I just read a piece regarding a beach day for corgi's at Huntington Beach in CA. Was wondering if you & Koda ever attending this event? Just made me think of you...Happy Sunday

Jolie du Pre said...

My favorite job is the one I have now - full-time writer (author, article writer, blogger.) And yes, it takes discipline to work at home. My second favorite job was as a waitress. Some of the customers were horrible, and the work was challenging, but I was never bored, and I loved my co-workers.

Precious Monsters

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

It would be great to work at home but then again I probably would get too distracted. My current job is probably my favourite since it is pretty much stress free.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Linda said...

I am loving your A-Z! I have been a full time, part time, sub, and back to full time teacher for MANY years. I started as a Kindergarten teacher and went back to school to earn my special education degree. In education no two days are the same.

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

You are very disciplined! I remember those days of transcription, only I was doing it at night after working all day. I wouldn't want to go back to doing it, that's for sure...not like that anyway. However, I think I'd like the editing part better than what I was doing!

Intense Guy said...

That is a beautiful workspace!!

I love the hardwood floor!

Most favorite job? Programming a computer that allowed my Grandfather to continue to work productively for another 20 years - after he started making mistakes with addition - the computer took his numbers and did the math for him.

Funny in My Mind said...

You have lots of light and space in your office, nice!
My favorite job was at a hospital years ago. I worked in the dietary dept. and we made treys for special diets. I had great friends and the other hospital staff was great. I also got to see the morgue (which fascinates me) and other areas of the hospital most people cannot see. My mom was a nurse and wanted one of her girls to be one as well but nursing never interested me (too afraid of vomit) and after spending time in hospitals with our dying parents, I don't care to be in a hospital again.
I guess my job now is my new favorite although some days I would disagree.

Ellie said...

I have been a stay at home mom since my daughter was born almost 23 years ago. But my favourite job was teaching handicapped children who were integrating into day care centres. It was so rewarding!

Veronica Lee said...

I only had one job as a computer programmer for 8 years but I didn't enjoy working. I prefer to be a sahm.

Danielle L Zecher said...

I don't think I've really had a favorite job. There have been things I've liked and disliked about all of them. I've been at my current job longer than any of the others, so I guess that says something.

SweetMarie said...

your work space is so organized! I don't have a favorite job, but I really enjoyed being the admin of a small private school that offered after school care and pre-k through first grade. It was suppose to be temporary, but I fell in love with the teachers and children. :) The other job I enjoyed was when I started a marketing business. I did everything and really enjoyed meeting people and the flexibility of it so, I could be involved with my son's school activities. :) Now, I sell on ebay and trying to decide what to do with myself. I would like to help doggies. :)