This post was originally posted a year ago but I thought it was time to update it with fresh content and more resources!
Transcription jobs are becoming a popular way to make money from home, especially for parents, college students and even retirees who need to supplement their income. And why not. I mean, it’s an exciting career, the hours are flexible and best of all the pay can be pretty good.
Transcribers are in demand in a variety of fields such as the medical industry, the legal field and to assist the deaf.
In fact, there is no shortage of work either. As a transcriber, you have the choice to work for a local company, an online company or you can kickstart your own homebased transcription business.
In this post, you will find out the kind of skills and equipment a transcriber needs, how they get paid and furthermore, where you can find work as a transcriber. And if you want to become a transcriptionist but you don’t have experience, there are a few resources later on in this post that can help you get started in this field.
The Transcriptionist Skillset and Equipment You’ll Need
Besides having some knowledge of the field in which they transcribe in, there are some other skills that are required of transcriptionists. For instance, they should type with speed and accuracy, be able to hear clearly and have an understanding of terminology in their field.
In addition, they should be able to proofread and edit documents and be familiar with transcription software. And finally, all transcriptionists needs to have good organization and time management skills.
Now let’s move on to the equipment you’ll need.
To begin with, if you want be a successful transcriptionist, your workspace should be equipped with a computer and transcription software. In addition, you also want to use tools to make you more productive when transcribing.
Additionally, you’ll also need to purchase a noise cancelling headset and foot pedal.
Here are some foot pedals available on Amazon.com.
Infinity USB Digital Foot Control with Computer plug (IN-USB2)*
Express Scribe Transcription Foot pedal with Software*
Infinity USB Foot Pedal w/ Express Scribe Professional Software*
Infinity INUSB2 Digital Foot Control with Usb Computer Plug*
Infinity IN-USB-1 USB Computer Transcription Foot Pedal – New*
And here are a few noise cancelling headsets that are also available on Amazon.
GENUINE Panasonic Headset for RR-830 & RR-930 Transcribers.*
Spectra USB Transcription Headset
Panasonic **Extended-Life**Premium “EBS” Headset Compatible Universal For Transcriber models RR-830, RR-930, RR-980 Transcribers With 3.5MM Right Angle Plug
How Much A Transcriptionist Earns
According to payscale.com the average pay rate for a medical transcriptionist is $15.19 an hour. The occupational outlook handbooks states that legal transcriptionists make an annual salary of $49,500 and according to Simply Hired, a general transcriptionist can earn an average of $68,370 a year. Not bad, right?
While I’m on the subject, transcribers are not paid an hourly rate or salary the way a traditional job pays. Instead they are paid by line, by page or by project.
Training and Certification
Even though you don’t have any transcribing experience, you can still pursue a career as a transcriptionist. There are online courses available for you to receive training and become certified in this field. What’s more is, some schools will even provide job placement assistance after course completion.
In the event that you’re interested, here are some places that offer online training and certification. Please be sure to do your research so as to make sure the institute you choose is a reputable one. Also, that it meets your needs, has affordable rates and that you’re getting the best bang for your buck.
MT At Home – MT at Home offers six to nine months at home training in addition to free resume and job assistance.
Career Step – Career Step offers online courses such as medical transcription training. They also provide one on one student and graduate support and services such as tuition assistance and scholarships.
Meditec – Meditec offers courses in medical and legal transcription as well as other courses such as billing and coding.
Transcription Certification Institute – TCI provides general training and certification as well as employment opportunities.
25 Online Transcription Companies
Here are 25 online companies that lets their transcriptionists work-from-home.
Over to You
So let’s chat. Have you ever given any thought to becoming a transcriptionist? Are you currently working as a transcriptionist? Either way, I hope you will share your thoughts in the comments section below. All in all, I hope you found this post helpful.
By the way if you know anyone who might be a good fit for this type of work, would you please share this post with them?