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How to Become an Effective Transcription Editor

By: Brittany Corners | Published: July 28, 2015

How to Become an Effective Transcription EditorTranscription editors are highly qualified, experienced editors who transcribe audio files to text. They may be called upon to create accurate written accounts of a variety of events, including webinars, podcasts, interviews, classroom lectures, sermons, business meetings and more.

Qualifications

To become a transcription editor, an individual must take a typing transcription test to assess accuracy in a timed environment. The candidate must also demonstrate that he or she possesses superior grammar and punctuation skills. A person interesting in pursuing a career as a transcription editor can and should build a portfolio of completed work to present to potential employers.

Successful transcription editors typically have a typing speed of at least 70 words per minute; multiple websites feature self-tests that a person can take to assess typing speed and determine whether he or she is a suitable candidate for a transcription editor job. Additionally, since many transcription jobs are performed remotely, a transcription editor needs to be efficient and well organized.

Tools of the Trade

Most professional transcriptionists invest in transcription software and a special pedal used to control audio playback without removing their hands from the keyboard. It is also necessary to have access to an application that allows for sending and receiving large audio files, such as Dropbox or YouSendIt, and a quiet working space free of distracting background noise.

The Transcription Editor’s Work

When given an audio file, an editor needs to transcribe the file to text perfectly. An assignment may not only be difficult to decipher, but the language used may be unprofessional or grammatically incorrect. A person in the business of transcribing audio files into text will quickly realize that perfection and accuracy are not the only necessities. It is important to transcribe the file exactly as heard with no changes or omissions as closely as possible. Speakers may not always be completely audible due to background noise, mumbling, talking over each other, etc.; therefore it’s the transcription editor’s job to mark spaces where the audio may be unintelligible, while minimizing this phenomenon as much as possible.

Finding Work

Many organizations and individuals, such as journalists, medical clinics, law offices and data research companies, hire transcriptionists. Medical clinics and law offices are constantly in need of someone who can not only transcribe an audio file into text but who can be aware of the context of a conversation and who can minimize unintelligible moments. Bilingual individuals also are in high demand, so it is important to highlight this asset in your resume if it applies.

 

Transcription editing is focused on perfection and clarifying the subject matter. A transcription editor embodies the entire package: speed, accuracy and perspicuity. With the digital era booming, skilled transcription editors are likely to remain in high demand. To learn more about getting started in transcription as a side job or as a career, you can review Transcribe.com’s employment requirements here.

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