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.
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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.