Education
Fact-checked

At PracticalAdultInsights, we're committed to delivering accurate, trustworthy information. Our expert-authored content is rigorously fact-checked and sourced from credible authorities. Discover how we uphold the highest standards in providing you with reliable knowledge.

Learn more...

What are the Different Types of Transcription Jobs?

Transcription jobs vary widely, from medical and legal transcription to general and business transcription. Each requires unique skills and knowledge, such as understanding specific terminologies. Which type of transcription job aligns best with your skills and interests? Let's delve deeper to find out.
Gregory Hanson
Gregory Hanson

Transcription jobs generally involve the transfer of verbal information into a written form, although the term transcription is also used in the fields of music and genetics. Stenographers and court reporters directly transcribe speech. Medical transcription is the transcription of medical records from oral into typed form. Other less industry-specific varieties of transcription also use data from audio files. Transcriptionists are also employed to aid the deaf with telecommunications.

Stenographers and court reporters are responsible for keeping an accurate, typed record of meetings and legal proceedings. Transcription jobs in these areas once relied solely on an individual's typing or shorthand speed. Modern systems record data digitally, which is then used to build a transcript and also kept on hand as an audio record, to further guarantee accuracy. Proficiency in specialized transcription techniques as well as knowledge of a specialized vocabulary are generally required for these transcription jobs. Speed and accuracy are of paramount importance.

A court stenographer is responsible for accurately transcribing everything that is said during legal proceedings.
A court stenographer is responsible for accurately transcribing everything that is said during legal proceedings.

Medical transcription is a very active field, dealing with the transfer of audio records of medical information to text. Many medical organizations prefer to collect records as audio recordings and have the recordings transcribed at a later date, rather than have medical personnel type information in. Work in this field requires attention to detail and a solid understanding of medical terminology in order to ensure accurate transcription. Most organizations have specific standards of training that their transcriptionists must meet in order to assure that they have this proficiency.

Some audio typists listen to and transcribe recordings.
Some audio typists listen to and transcribe recordings.

A number of transcription jobs facilitate access to information by the deaf. Transcriptionists are employed to provide subtitling for television programming, although in some cases, technology has replaced human transcriptionists in this role. Speed, accuracy, and language proficiency are critical for this work.

Human transcriptionists also serve as a key link in communications for the deaf. Most nations have some version of a speech to teletype conversion exchange. Transcriptionists employed by these exchanges type information received orally into devices that transmit it as text into the homes or cell phones of the deaf and then speak the typed replies in the other direction. Speed and accuracy are crucial in these sorts of transcription jobs as is an ability to respect the privacy rights of the clients of such a service.

You might also Like

Discuss this Article

Post your comments
Login:
Forgot password?
Register:
    • A court stenographer is responsible for accurately transcribing everything that is said during legal proceedings.
      By: Lisa F. Young
      A court stenographer is responsible for accurately transcribing everything that is said during legal proceedings.
    • Some audio typists listen to and transcribe recordings.
      By: bst2012
      Some audio typists listen to and transcribe recordings.
    • Proficiency in specialized transcription techniques and knowledge of a specialized vocabulary is generally required for many transcription jobs.
      By: pst
      Proficiency in specialized transcription techniques and knowledge of a specialized vocabulary is generally required for many transcription jobs.
    • Transcription jobs may require an individual to have the ability to type a minimum number of words per minute.
      By: Kurhan
      Transcription jobs may require an individual to have the ability to type a minimum number of words per minute.
    • Transcriptionists my create a text log of responder calls made by emergency teams.
      By: bepsphoto
      Transcriptionists my create a text log of responder calls made by emergency teams.
    • Human transcriptionists serve as a key link in communications for the deaf.
      By: Syda Productions
      Human transcriptionists serve as a key link in communications for the deaf.