Online Medical Jobs You Can Do From Home
While most medical jobs are on site, the number and types of medical jobs you can do from the comfort home are expanding. Some types of nursing jobs, like Registered Nurses (RN) are telecommuted, but there are many more options in the medical field that only require 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. The majority of the jobs listed below are for RNs, but some hire Licensed Practical Nurses, or LPNs.
- Medical call center agent
- Case management
- Legal nurse consultant
- Healthcare Recruiter
- Project manager
- Nurse manager
- Online teacher
- Health IT/Nursing informatics specialist
Fast and accurate typing skills and familiarity with medical terms is what it takes to land a medical transcription job. While there are certification and training programs for medical transcriptionists, these are not absolutely required to land a job in this field. That said, whenever you want to work at home in a position that is often done in an office--as is the case with medical transcription--you may be required to have more than the minimum qualifications. So, certification and experience can help you land a work at home medical transcriptions job.
Work-at-home medical billing and coding jobs are very often the bait in work-at-home scams, so you have to be careful when looking for these jobs. Typically you need on-site experience and in some cases, particularly coding, formal training and/or certification before working at home. (However, online training is another avenue for scammers. See more about online education for medical billing.) Insurance companies hire medical coders and billers as do companies that outsource these jobs for medical offices.
Medical Call Centers
While most of these call center jobs are for RNs, there are some medical-related customer service positions available for LPNs and others with medical backgrounds. Additionally, there are home-based positions 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. Insurance and research companies hire physicians for a variety of nonclinical positions, which may allow telecommuting.
Medical Illustrators, Writers and Editors
Writers and editors often work from home on a freelance and occasionally employment basis, and those in the medical field are no exception. These medical jobs from home 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 writers. 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 in specialized medical editing or writing jobs, but typically this is done in-house and not on a freelance basis. Once experienced as medical writers, these professionals may choose to cultivate a freelance, at-home career.
Medical illustrators very often work on a contract basis from home. Medical illustrators typically gain the needed knowledge of medicine and anatomy and art skills through specialized education.
The vast majority of pharmacists work onsite, usually in a retail or clinical setting. There are a few companies that let pharmacist review and enter online prescriptions from home, but usually after transitioning from an onsite position.
Pharmacists can also use their medical knowledge to break into other medical jobs from home that don’t usually require a pharmacy degree or licensure, such as medical writing or transcription. However, they are unlikely to pay as well.
.Insurance companies hire in a wide range of medical jobs, including jobs for physicians, nurses, case managers, pharmacists, medical coders, and billers. In general, insurance firms tend to be telecommute-friendly companies and although not the first choice of prospective employees, they are a good stepping stone and resume builder.