What Is A General Transcriptionist?

General transcription covers all transcription services other than medical transcription, with some exceptions of certain legal recordings done by attorneys.

General transcription requires verbal and written comprehension as it's most important skill. Plus, a general transcriptionist needs to be: a good listener, smart, informed, have high quality grammar and spelling skills, and be responsible. Fast typing is NOT the most important skill when it comes to earning a good living as a general transcriptionist.

Here are many examples of transcription works that fall under the “general transcription” category:

  1. Interviews
  2. Students, writers, researchers, broadcasters etc. are ALWAYS conducting and recording interviews and they generally need to get them transcribed for their articles, theses, books, articles etc.
  3. Conferences
  4. Conference attendees and speakers record the discussion and typically need it transcribed for their various purposes.
  5. Lectures
  6. Professors, students, public speakers, etc. record lectures and get them transcribed.
  7. Business meetings
  8. Board meetings and other discussions at businesses are typically recorded and need to be transcribed for minutes and bookkeeping purposes.
  9. Focus groups
  10. Market researchers record focus group discussions and need them transcribed for analyzing.
  11. Seminars
  12. People who give and attend seminars record the seminars and usually want them transcribed for future reference or advertising purposes.
  13. Sermons
  14. Priests and attendees record sermons and want it transcribed for members who couldn’t attend.
  15. Tele Seminars
  16. Businesses that offer Tele Seminars to their clients and prospects generally tape them and get them transcribed.
  17. Podcasts
  18. Many podcasters want their podcasts transcribed in order to post them on their website and send it out to newsletter subscribers.
  19. Talk Radio Shows
  20. All talk show hosts get their talk shows transcribed for delivery through email, and post them on their websites.
  21. Video-casts
  22. Businesses need their video-casts for their clients and prospects transcribed for their websites and marketing materials.
  23. Web Conferences
  24. Many web conferences are recorded and need to be transcribed.
  25. Webcasts
  26. Many businesses and churches regularly webcast their presentations or sermons for broader audience viewing. These presentations and sermons need to be transcribed for their records, and for their website and other future use.
  27. Insurance industry
  28. Insurance adjusters record details of incidents when they visit accident scenes. These recording are transcribed for their documentation.
  29. Legal transcription
  30. Legal transcription is in demand. Some transcription work requires experts with specific training. However, much legal transcription work can be done by general transcriptionists.
  31. Spanish transcription & translation
  32. There is growing demand for transcriptionists who can transcribe Spanish to Spanish and then translate it in English. Spanish to English translation is also in demand.
  33. Transcription & translation of other languages
  34. With businesses going global at record pace, there is an increasing demand for transcribers and translators of other languages. Demand for Mandarin to English translation, and English transcription followed by translation in Mandarin has increased as China is becoming a world economic power.