There are all kinds of ways to make money from home – as I’m sure you’ve already discovered. Besides the usual customer service or sales positions, there are more exciting jobs available. For example, you can earn extra money by serving on a virtual jury, as an online tutor, and if you speak a second language you can even make money from home as a translator.
If you’re looking for something that’s totally different, you can also work-from-home as a closed caption reporter.
Have you ever wondered who is the person providing the text of your favorite programs and how in the world they can keep up and type with no mistakes at all?
Before I started researching how to make money from home, I didn’t know much about CC jobs other than the person doing it had to type like the speed of light. When I watched a movie or even the news – you know, the news tickers going across the screen during a news telecast, I often wondered how someone could land a job like that as the text flew by my screen. Imagine my surprise when I learned this type of job can be done from an employer’s home!
In this post, I’m going to share what I learned about working from home as a closed caption reporter jobs. And if you’re interested in this type of work but don’t quite meet the requirements; I’ll show you what you can do to earn your certification to qualify you for this type of work.
First, let me tell you about the types of closed captioning jobs that you can choose from.
Two Types Of Closed Captioning Jobs
A closed caption reporter provides television viewers who are hearing impaired the text of a televised programs such as news broadcast, sitcom or other televised programming. In other words, there are typists who have serious typing skills providing the text going across your television screen.
There are two types of closed captioning jobs. A Real-time Caption Reporter and Closed Caption Editor.
A Real-Time Caption Reporter provides real-time text and description of sounds to a televised program – think of the news ticker I told you about.
A Closed Caption Editor provides text for pre-recorded programming on DVD, broadcast TV, cable TV, internet videos, etc. They are the ones who also provide subtitles in which audio is transcribed into another language let’s say from a foreign movie.
Requirements for a Closed Caption Reporter
Before I get to the company list, let me go over the requirements for a closed caption reporter. First and foremost, you have to have some serious typing skills in both speed and accuracy.
Each company will have its own set of requirements needed to qualify for their position but most employers are looking for someone who is certified and experienced in Closed Caption reporting, who listens carefully and pays attention to detail and who has knowledge of various transcription methods. More importantly they’re looking for someone who can type anywhere from 200 to 280 wpm with no errors. Isn’t that mind blowing?It's not about working anymore, it's about doing work I can be proud of. Paul Walker #quoteClick To Tweet
If you have the skills and experience, here’s a list of companies to start your career search in closed caption reporting. This list will be updated as I find Closed Caption companies with work from home positions. Good luck!
You can also search for closed caption reporter jobs on the search work-from-home jobs page.
Interested In Becoming A Closed Caption Reporter?
If you don’t have any experience but you’re interested in becoming a closed caption reporter, you can find information about training and certification at the National Court Reporters Association website. Being a certified closed caption reporter will increase your chances of getting hired.
The NCRA is recognized as the premier and continuous educational programming as well as informational resource for its members.
They also hold conventions and expos to help members build a strong foundation for their career, gain educational experience from new and innovative sessions and network with other court reporters, captioners and other legal service professionals.
While you’re studying for the certification exam, it would also be a good time to improve your typing skills. Typingtest.com has a series of practice timed test to check for tying speed and accuracy.
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Over to You
Does this sound like a pretty cool job or what? I know if I had the typing skills I would definitely look into this. How about you?
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