Transcription job overview

What is transcription? Transcription is the process of creating written text from recorded or live audio. It’s a manual act of typing the spoken word, from any audio format, to paper or computer file. Quality and efficient transcription service is very much needed in many businesses and professions.

There are three type of transcription – General Transcription, Legal Transcription and Medical Transcription.

Skills required for all three transcription work:

1. Above average knowledge of English grammar and punctuation;

2. Excellent listening skills, allowing the transcriptionist to interpret sounds almost simultaneously with keyboarding;

3. Advanced proofreading and editing skills, ensuring accuracy of transcribed material;

4. Versatility in use of transcription equipment and computers, since transcriptionists may work in a variety of settings;

5. Highly developed analytical skills, employing deductive reasoning to convert sounds into meaningful form;

6. Good typing skills.

General transcription: there is no specific training for general transcription.

Legal transcription: previous legal experience is usually required;

Medical transcription: formal training/course from a reputable medical transcription school is required.

Transcription is a great work from home option, since most transcription companies allow their qualified transcriptionists to telecommute. If you have good skills of typing, listening, English grammar and language, you might want to give it a try. I will be exploring the above three transcription jobs in the later posts, so stay tuned!

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  1. I too run a transcription company and very much agree to all the facts mentioned above. It is definitely a very good work at home option for people who have spare time and wants to earn sitting at home. Though it requires a lot of concentration and patience but once you become professional you can boom in this industry.


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