How to Learn Transcription

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A transcriber is an individual who listens to the dictated words of others and then types the information into a word processing program according to the needs of the employer. Transcription jobs come in a variety of forms such as medical transcription, legal transcription or phonetic transcription. While there are options available for jobs, getting a job in transcription requires first learning the methods of transcription, practicing and then taking your new skills to the workforce.

Practice your typing skills and increase your typing speed. Typing skills are vital to any transcriber because the basic skills require listening and typing. There are typing programs available that can help increase typing speed, or simply practicing typing will work.

Learn to listen. An individual who works in transcription can listen and type at the same time. Learning to listen and understand different accents, pronunciations and words is a necessary skill for any transcription job. Listen to different accents and pronunciations to practice listening skills. Make a note of any accents that are difficult and listen to these accents more often to ensure that they are understood.

Practice typing as someone else dictates, whether this means putting on headphones and typing up directions given on a video online or listening to a friend or family member and typing as they speak. If you are planning to work in transcription at home, practicing with a headset is ideal because the job will require the use of a headset.

Take any courses necessary for the job. Different transcription jobs will have different course requirements. For example, working in medical transcription requires learning a very specific skill set and getting a specific education. Working in general transcription as a freelance transcriber does not require a specific education. If education is required, there are online courses available which teach specific skills for specific transcription jobs.