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You're absolutely right - I wouldn't recommend this profession to a young person either.

Posted By: No money in it, no future in it on 2006-07-11
In Reply to: Too bad the writer didn't address the true reasons why this is not - Cmsg

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I wouldn't, and didn't when the kids were young, but sm
these days I would find a responsible college student and pay them $10-12 per hour, with a minimum of the hourly rate for each separate trip.
This young person deserves a treat.
Great story.  Thanks for sharing.  
I wouldn't recommend it...

I started out in court reporting school and switched to MT when I got pregnant.  VR is also playing a big factor in the court reporting field right now.  They have stenomask reporters who wear a mask and repeat into the mask everything that is said during the court proceeding, and VR translates it.  Court reporters currently make anywhere from 40K to 80K per year, but stenomask reporters only make about 20K per year. The military has switched to using stenomask reporters and many courts are also leaning in that direction because of the cost savings. 

The steno machine is also very difficult to learn.  Most court reporting schools say you can learn it in 2 years, but the average court reporting student takes 4 to 5 years to master it. 

I wouldn't recommend it,
pay is lower than ever. You would never make what you probably expect. Its like sweatshop work. I would say $16/hr is about the median.
When I first started out this was a very respected career, not anymore.
Absolutely recommend this
Tips n Techniques

I wouldn't let it go. I would email the person you've been corresponding with... SM

through the whole hiring process and I would present your research in a professional manner.  Simply say you can't understand how you missed five when you've researched all your answers after the fact.  Cite your sources and ask her if your test can be looked at again.

You may be helping out another MT in the future by bringing your concerns about the test to the company.  They might improve the testing process or the grading process in the future.

This angry, jealous person wouldn't know a fact
Well I wouldn't call a person "stupid" because they aren't from here, but SM
maybe you mean because of the poor use of the language. I know what you mean.
You're absolutely right. SM
ANYONE can click on a name where it says "reply by email" and send you an email. They DON'T have your address, though, UNLESS YOU REPLY.

Next time you see someone with a blue name in the Posted By, try emailing them just so you can see what it looks like.
You're absolutely right.
I have to laugh at all those "job fairs" they're holding in the cities that took the evacuees. After they've hired the few lawabiding citizens who, for whatever reason, had no other way to get out, they'll find that AL that's left are the parasites who've never had a job in their lives and don't want one now. They just want the rest of us to keep paying and paying and paying so they can sit on their worthless butts with their hands out. They'll trash any place they're given to live, no matter how nice, and they'll complain about everything that's done for them. For that kind, nothing is ever enough. They just want to take and take and destroy anything someone else has worked hard to build up. No one needs them.
You're absolutely right....sm
The rat race is NOT worth it.

Lots of people don't even end up in the career for which they went to college.

My dad, the above mentioned former K-mart manager, REALLY DID make great money. We had everything we needed and most of what we wanted but he put a lot of hours in to do so.

In retrospect, we could have done without half of what we had and would have been just fine. My dad missed out on a lot while we were growing up.

People are moving into larger and larger homes even tho' they may have small families. It just seems like families are moving away from each other. My house growing up was nice but was less than 1800 sq ft. and there were five of us living there. We ate together, we watched TV together, we played board games together. I never felt like our house was too small.

It's all about priorities.
You're absolutely right and I'm already gone
If anyone says they don't see it coming they'll have no one to blame but themselves when they're unemployed and untrained to do anything but a dead skill.
You're absolutely right......
These are horrible natural disasters no one asked fornor deserved. But remember, it was the mayor of New Orleans who got on national TV and called the race card, insinuating that because so many of the people stranded were black, that the govt didn't care.

When the leader of a city starts playing that card, then those who allow others to do all their thinking for them, jump on that bandwagon.
you're absolutely right

We do ourselves no favor when we act irresponsibly.  One disadvantage of working via Internet and interviewing over the phone is not being able to look the other party in the eye and size them up as they speak.  Body language says so much more than mere words. 

Yes, sm, you're absolutely right!...
There are plenty of over-educated people in other countries more than willing to do work at what is "considered a good wage in their own country".

Yes, we all have to make ourselves invaluable to our employers, be it learning a new language, getting further education, whatever to make ourselves competitive. But now we also have to make ourselves economically competitive here where the salary is NOT "considered a good wage".

Yes, unions are dissolving left and right. Rightly so, they became greedy and forced the companies out of business. No one has decided to "unionize". We're all discussing options of addressing the problem. Personally I find that having active duty military personnel medical files overseas appalling!

Yes, we all have to compete now on a world wide scale. But, let's keep the scale balanced. If we here in the US have to follow HIPAA rules than those in other countries should be subject to the same laws and possible fines and prosecution. It is certainly difficult for a US Transcriptionist to compete with a transcriptionist from a country where $5,000 a year is considered a good salary. Yet that is what we're having to do.

So, yes, you are absolutely right. I concede entirely. But that doesn't mean I have to like it or accept it. I have the right to be heard and bring it to the attention of whomsoever I choose. And that is exactly what some of us are attempting to do by organizing ourselves to get a consensus of what we would like to have heard. No harm in that. It's my time. My right.
You're absolutely right.....let them see what they
You're absolutely right
Like I've said in previous posts, my doctors are going to EMR next month and I've been trained on it. I'll still have a job. It's not going to be as extensive, but there are just some things that can't be put into the system unless then are dictated and actually typed by the transcriptionist. Also, the transcriptionists are in charge of faxing all reports, and that won't change either.
You're absolutely right
and I really didn't mean for my post to come off as judgmental.  I'm sorry if it did.  I absolutely get where you're coming from. 
You're right! I wouldn't work for a company that SM
expected me to surf all over the world just because some prima donna didn't want to be bothered with proper dictation.
I wouldn't like that either. So, you're not typing in Word? sm
If not typing in Word, I wonder if you could copy/paste your work into a Word document to keep track of your line count.

If you can do that, make sure you have your line count set up to do it the same way they do....including lines, spaces, etc.

You're absolutely correct sm
I've had editors tell me that they love getting my reports with blanks because they know they can go directly to the blank and try to fill it in, they say some MTs they have to almost completely re-type the report which takes more time than typing it in the first place.  I know this to be true from my own editing.  I tried to work with the MTs if they could be salvaged.  If they still insisted on not doing their job, I did my job until they were relieved of their work duties.  :)
You're absolutely right. I shouldn't have said it that way. -nm
You're absolutely right....don't feel sorry
This person has no idea what they're saying.
They're letting their emotions rise to the top without a full understanding of the situation.
wouldn't implicate anybody since you're posting anonymously anyway
Just say who the company is!
Wish Escription would mention that when they recommend the adapters or just recommend the one. nm

You're absolutely right that we are worth more, so when are you going to stop


You're a good person Paulette
and your mother is lucky to have at least one child who is willing to take responsibility and help her. Not that many years ago, extended families were the rule and not the exception. The truth of the matter is that unless a parent dies early, someone (be it a child, grandchild, or an institution) will probably have to take care of that parent (or parents) emotionally, physically, psychologically, and financially. For most of us, our parents cared for us when we were children and when they age the tables turn. I have 2 sisters who are willing to help with my mother but they live in other states and have no plans to move back to our hometown or homestate. Thus, I will be the one who becomes the caretaker.

I think you will have to sit down with your one brother (and his wife if he is married) and ask them for help that is on a more regular basis. Or, alternatively, just call him when you need him to help. Maybe he will get that hint (though he is male and hints go by undetected!).

I hope you find the relief and assistance you need. Take heart in the knowledge that you are doing the right thing.
I love chihuahuas - they're absolutely adorable!
You're absolutely correct - they always pull that card when they have nothing else
Oh if you think a person is beautiful, you're a lesbian? HMMM
What planet are you on? God thinks all are beautiful, does that mean he is gay? Didn't mean to get you in such an uproar. But I stick to Angelina being a beautiful person. She helps people in need. You ridicule people..see the difference?
I wouldn't take a position that docked for errors. We're all human, not infallible.
Can't your set-up person talk you through this? Or call Dictaphone direct if you're
This is our profession -- a profession which is dying, I might add. SM

So I should get a hobby so I won't care, like you?  A hobby isn't going to pay the bills.  I can't afford a hobby because in addition to working for a living, I also have to study in a different career field in my spare for fear that eventually transcription will be strictly an offshore operation!

It wouldn't load with my Office. Somehow it wouldn't "read" my 2003 Basic, although sm
technical couldn't find anything wrong with my software. They really tried hard. I see so many people that like Escription, I'm sorry not to be able to use it. Hopefully I can get Office Pro on my next machine, and maybe use it then. I could upgrade, but I'm still not sure it would work.
I work for the person. I know. Very excellent person, personally and business-sense.
It is an INSULT to have QA hovering over seasoned MTs who know what they are doing. She trusts her MTs and again if there are questions there is one person, a trainer, who can answer them via phone, e-mail or instant message or you can send the whole report to them if you choose.
Point was is the person willing to make up for the slack of the person who types 1 job when there is

if that is all they WANT to type.   Is the person who wants to be a supervisor willing to make up for those people?

You have crap supervisors, editors and mts in the business like you have good ones.   Sadly, the really good ones of all of them are few and far between. 

Wouldn't that mean that you simply wouldn't have to print out everything?

When you have a QA person that is picky and another QA person that is very lenient where does that
leave the MTs because some are getting a lenient reviewer and others are getting one that picks at everything. How do you reconcile that issue with the difference in QA mentality. Some people make out well and the other people could be just as good but dont. I wonder about that.
The person MTSO pays is the person who
never too young
I don't think you are ever too young to be worried about retirement!  I wish I had worried about it sooner...  you cannot expect a retirement check from any company, but you can do something about it yourself.  Go to your local financial institutions and start your own retirement fund - just contribute a certain percentage of your check each time you are paid and no matter how many times you change jobs, keep doing it.  It is there for you - you don't lose it just because you change jobs.  But you are right to be worrying about your future - more of us should be doing that!
ah, to be so young...
...as to have never used tapes -- what a lovely feeling that must be!
I'm sorry but i think you are too young to be on this board!
Smart Young Man

Your son sounds like a very smart young man. Not many kids these days truly care about their education. They look at high school as a party/social time, and dont look into the future what so ever, and said thing is a lot of our children are not getting the guidance from home either.

My son loves to learn and loves to be challenged and with him being home schooled we are able to do so.

And one other positive note on home schooling college intrance exams have shown that home schooled kids are just as smart if not smarter than those who go to public or private schools. The one on one they get is a big big factor in that.

Best of Luck!!!!!!!

I don't see a problem if someone does it once because of (1) young age, - sm
(2) circumstances...this girl has no clue who the father is, that is clear, (3) where they are at in life...in school is no time to have a baby. She would possible drop out, not have anything but a high school diploma for the rest of her life. How do you support yourself and a baby on $15K a year? Does she have understanding parents? Will the father pay support?(she'd have to have all the guys she slept with in the time period of conception tested). Someone that that young is not cut out to have a child....I can remember very clearly how I was then, and many are just not ready for the responsibility. Yes, many see abortion as shirking your responsibility because "you play you pay"; but you have to decide what is good and right for you and your circumstances, and the only one who can make that decision is the person who has to bear and raise the child or deal with their conscious if they decide to get an abortion. It's nobody's business but theirs. I think people who purposely don't use any form of BC then just get abortion after abortion because they are too lazy to get BCPs or condoms are WRONG for doing that. But people who are (1) stupid one time (2) get raped (as my roommate was); (3) just too young, i.e. in their teens, very early 20s--- have 1 pass. If my daughter came home and was in HS or college and said she was pregnant and wanted an abortion I would support her decision. I plan on drilling it into my kids heads never to have sex w/o a condom though and hopefully they will never have an unwanted pregnangy. I suppose you think my thinking is screwy and that is fine, everyone is entitled to their opinion, that is what makes the world go around.
Wow, mine was young...
I got my daughter's ears pierced when she was 7 months old. I think I was 5 when my mom got mine pierced, and then I was 12 when I got my second holes.
Very young on both daughters - sm
Two weeks old on first daughter. One week old on second daughter.
Your young age is showing!
I remember the dictabelt, we had to mark it with chalk to know where to start it up. Talk about archaic! The times they are a'changin! (and for this part - the better!)
I don't know if you mean too young or too old. Companies

cannot legally ask you how old you are.   I quess they can get an idea of age based on work history though or if you put educational history on resume.  I'm nearly 50, but when I answer the phone I frequently have people ask to speak to my mother.  I've been offered a position with every company I've ever applied to. 

You donít sound too old with a young kid
but in my town we have a consumer person (who is a millionaire but well known to be really tight with his money), anyway he was talking about a place where he buys his glasses and only pays about $8.00 for them and these are prescription glasses. I used to wear glasses, had Lasik and now 20/30 in both eyes- in about 2001, I think. For close up work such as newspapers or books, I go to the dollar store and buy the $1.00- This is for me, not saying everyone can do this. I see no sense in paying $200.00 for a pair of glasses when you can get them much cheaper.
I used to be young and dumb but
when I came into some money, quite a bit of it, paid all my bills off. I only have my monthly bills now, utilities and such. It is a wonderful feeling but to the original post, it is here money and really if she wants to burn it, she can.