Why Learn Transcription?

Why Learn Transcription?
Julie Parker

Julie Parker


Whether you're looking for a new career path or simply want to add skills to your arsenal to improve your job prospects and increase your options, learning transcription may be the answer. With the increase in audio, video, podcasts, and other non-text communications, the need for transcription is widespread and growing fast.

Some of the major reasons it would be to your advantage to learn transcription include:

Start Your Own Transcription Company

With jobs scarce in many industries, starting your own transcription company can be an affordable way to generate independent income. The start-up costs are low and you can choose which projects to take on based on your availability and income needs.

Rewarding Salary

Working as an independent transcriptionist or starting your own transcription company can be quite profitable, particularly if you are willing to take on time-sensitive jobs on short notice.

Also Read: Life as a Transcriptionist


Transcription services can be performed remotely, which frees you up to work from home with low overhead, live outside metropolitan areas where the cost of living is higher, and even travel while you work.

Increase Job Prospects

Transcription skills may increase your job opportunities or allow you to advance in your current position, as many industries have a need for transcription in some aspects of their businesses.

Diverse Workload

Since the need for transcription services spans many industries, there is work to suit a variety of interests, such as:

  • Medical Transcription: transcription of doctors' notes is one of the oldest and most common focuses for transcriptionists.
  • Legal Transcription: from trial recordings to verbal witness statements, the legal profession offers many opportunities for transcription work.
  • Sermon Transcription: many churches use the Internet to make sermons and other religious teachings available to a wider audience, which often means transcribing from a video or audio recording of the event.
  • Business Transcription: from conferences and seminars to focus groups and brainstorming meetings, business professionals use transcripts for further research and to easily access material down the road.
  • Video Transcription: transcribing videos, documentaries, and other visual media across a wide range of topics to increase its viewership and dissemination.

The need for transcription services is increasing as audio and video files continue to become more prevalent for research and later use; search engines require text-based content; and people realize just how valuable a written transcript is.

Also Read: The 3 L's of Transcription: Listen, Look Over and Learn

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Julie Parker

Julie Parker

Julie Parker is the Transcription Supervisor for GMR Transcription Services, Inc, a leading U.S. transcription company based in Orange County, California. Julie has a true passion for effective verbal and written communication. She applies her passion to providing the excellent customer service and accuracy upon which GMR Transcription's clients depend. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, watching movies, and hosting dinner parties with friends.