Transcription services-A business perspective

Transcription services-A business perspective



An individual who transcribes the spoken words into type written format is known as transcriptionist or the transcription service provider.

Though there is no ‘formal’ education required for a transcriptionist, one can obtain training through traditional schooling, certificate/diploma programmes or on- the- job training offered by some companies. To become a medical transcriptionist, you have to master the medical terminologies; otherwise, anyone who can transcribe the spoken words into written format can be a general transcriptionist. All you need to do is listen and type simultaneously, use foot pedal to play and adjust dictations, control your transcribe machine-all at the same time.

 Curricular requirements, skills and abilities

  1. High school diploma or similar degree plus 1to 2 years of experience with any skilled transcriptionist can be useful.
  2. Knowledge of medical terminologies is required, if you want to become an MT.
  3. Knowledge of legal terms and words is necessary to become a legal transcriptionist.
  4. Good verbal communication, memory and spelling will be highly appreciated.
  5. You should be skilled enough to use and operate computer or basic office equipment.
  6. You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, maintain records.
  7. Good typing skill is needed.
  8. Knowledge of and proper application of grammar, punctuation.
  9. Able to understand various accents and dictions.

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Transcribe accurately with correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  2. Keep a transcription log.
  3. Maintain a required timeframe.
  4. Edit and proofread the transcript after initial transcription.
  5. Professionalism is appreciated.
  6. Total security and confidentiality should be maintained.

As long as you have a good typing speed, can hear and understand various accents, dictions, and are comfortable with the software that will ease your transcription and professional in mind, it can be a good source of income.

Transcription, as a profession will continue for many years to come. There are enough transcription works to keep you busy throughout lifetime in all fields-medical, legal, business, academic etc. Only thing you have to do is- be open to all changes, technical advancements that may occur from time to time. If you are a well-read, well-informed, ahead-of-time professional, plenty of transcription works are in store for you.

Also Read: How Much Is the Transcription Industry Growing

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