Work-at-Home Transcription Job Details

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Transcriptionists listen to audio and video files and transcribe the content. Transcription jobs are categorized into general, medical and legal. Most companies dealing with medical or legal files require you to have some knowledge or experience in the field.

Work at Home Transcription Jobs

In general, transcriptionists are required to have an excellent command of language and grammar, a high degree of attention to detail and a computer with high-speed internet access.

Transcriptionists are typically independent contractors who work from home transcribing and editing recorded reports.

There are quite a few advantages to transcription work. Most jobs are work-at-home positions, and many companies allow you to work as much or as little as you want to, provided your turnaround time on a document meets their requirements. You don’t have to commute to an office or live in a certain area, and you can take time off when you need to for family commitments and vacations. You can also work from anywhere that has an internet connection and a computer.

Education and Training Requirements

Transcription positions minimally require a high school diploma and typing ability to be considered for employment. Often, there will be a screening test offered to evaluate your skills. Experience, speed and proven accuracy will make you a good candidate for a transcription job. Community colleges and business schools sometimes offer classes in transcription, which may help to boost your skills and qualify you for some positions.

Types of Transcription Jobs

General Transcriptionists
General transcriptionists listen to audio files and create written reports. This requires the ability to listen carefully to audio and video files, sometimes of questionable quality and perhaps with accented speech, and create an accurate report.

Medical Transcriptionists
Medical transcriptionists convert doctor recorded reports into written reports.

Medical transcriptionists need to be familiar with medical terms, as well as with legal standards and privacy requirements that apply to health records. In most cases, companies prefer to hire candidates with previous experience or who have certification in medical transcription.

Legal Transcriptionists
Legal transcriptionists create and edit documents from a legal professional's dictation. Although no formal training is required to become a legal transcriptionist, it is important to have a basic understanding of legal terminology and to have good command of the English language.

Finding a Work-at-Home Transcription Job

There is no shortage of work-at-home transcription jobs, and the industry is expected to grow at an above-average rate over the next 10 years. Transcription jobs are listed on many of the large job boards, including Indeed, Simplyhired and Monster.

Companies that offer transcription services often hire remote freelance employees and will list open positions on their website. As with any work-at-home position, you should carefully research any company before you apply to make sure they are legitimate.  


Pay for transcriptionists can vary greatly. Many jobs pay per audio hour or minute, and depending on your skill level and the quality of the recording, the time it will take to complete the job will vary.

In general, transcriptionists make in the area of $15/hour, while those with medical or legal experience can expect to make in the $20-$30/hour range.