While most medical positions are on-site in doctors' offices or hospitals, work-from-home medical jobs are increasing. These jobs can range from telemedicine positions associated with hospitals to billing and coding for insurance companies. Though many require a degree or certification to qualify, once hired you can do all of them with only an internet connection and phone line.
While most nursing jobs are on-site, there are a growing number of positions in telehealth—the practice of delivering health-related services by way of telecommunication technology—and other fields that can be done from a home office. Work-at-home jobs for nurses include:
- Telephone triage nurse
- Case management
- Legal nurse consultant
- Healthcare recruiter
- Project manager
- Nurse manager
- Health IT/Nursing informatics specialist
Most of these positions will give preference to Registered Nurses (RNs), though some will also hire Licensed Practical Nurses, or LPNs.
Medical transcription jobs require both fast, accurate typing skills and familiarity with medical terminology. Though training is not always required, most companies hiring medical transcriptionists prefer that their employees have certification and experience in the medical field, as well as a transcription background.
Insurance companies hire medical coders and billers to process paperwork from doctors' offices and hospitals. Billers and coders may also be hired by companies that outsource these jobs for medical offices. For most positions, you will need on-site experience before you can work at home. For coding jobs, you may also need formal training or certification. Both coding and billing require familiarity with medical terminology, anatomy, diagnoses, healthcare procedures, and the appropriate codes for each of these things.
Be careful to only accept work from reputable companies—work-at-home medical billing and coding jobs are very often the bait in work-at-home scams
Medical Call Centers
While many medical call center jobs are for registered nurses, there are some medical-related customer service positions available for LPNs and others with professional medical backgrounds, such as physicians' assistants. Depending on the call center, there may also be positions available for mental health professionals.
Physicians who want to work from home will most likely find part-time, supplemental positions, though there are some full-time telecommuting jobs for doctors. Physicians can use their experience and degree to find jobs teaching online, reviewing or writing medical content, or even practicing online through telehealth services. Insurance and research companies hire physicians for a variety of nonclinical positions, which may allow telecommuting.
Medical Illustrators, Writers and Editors
Work-at-home medical writing jobs require both good writing skills and specialized knowledge in the medical field. Nurses, researchers, and physicians often make the transition from clinical and onsite work to medical writing. Physicians might sit on an editorial board or work as an editorial adviser, reviewing the writing of others for medical accuracy.
People with backgrounds in general writing and editing can also be hired for medical editing or writing jobs, either as independent contractors or telecommuting employees, depending on the structure of the company or publication. Medical illustrators very often work on a contract basis from home; some may come from an art background and study medicine or anatomy, while others may be former medical professionals with artistic skills.
The majority of pharmacists work on-site, usually in a retail or clinical setting. Some companies may allow their pharmacists review and enter online prescriptions from home, but this usually happens after transitioning from an onsite position.
Pharmacists can also use their medical knowledge to break into other work-from-home medical jobs that don’t require a pharmacy degree or licensure, such as medical writing or transcription. However, these positions will not pay as well as pharmacist jobs.
Insurance companies hire a wide range of medical professionals, including physicians, nurses, case managers, pharmacists, medical coders, and billers. These medical professionals may serve on advisory boards, work as insurance agents, assist with drawing up rules and regulations, interpret special cases, or manage paperwork and reporting. Insurance firms tend to be telecommuting-friendly companies.