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A transcriptionist is a person who transcribes recorded dictation, such as medical terminology, into written form. The job often entails listening to audio recordings and typing out what is heard, either in a word processing program or using a stenotype machine.

The job can be tedious and time-consuming but also rewarding, as a transcriptionist is usually tasked with ensuring incorrect grammar is cleaned up and corrected prior to submission of a written draft.

This section will cover a sample job description, exploring the daily responsibilities and necessary qualifications for a transcriptionist 

The Job Overview

We are seeking a transcriptionist to join our growing company. You will listen to audio files and type the contents into digital documents or convert them into text format. The ideal candidate should have excellent listening and typing skills as well as be a self-starter. 


Below are some of the responsibilities a transcriptionist is expected to assume:  

  • Listen to recordings and transcribe those recordings to text files
  • Ensure accuracy of the transcribed text
  • Understand details of client requirements regarding formatting and notation
  • Complete transcriptions in a timely manner, reviewing grammar, punctuation and spelling prior to submission
  • Remain familiar with the latest transcription software and recommend upgrades or enhancements if necessary
  • Correct any errors or inaccuracies in a timely manner
  • Ensure typing skills are honed and remain sharp by completing typing drills on a regular basis
Job Qualifications and Skill Sets

Below are the qualifications expected of a transcriptionist:

  • Ability to type quickly and accurately while proofreading
  • Excellent grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills
  • Excellent verbal communication, listening, and computer skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work with a variety of people and personalities
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Windows operating system
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Fluency in English or the preferred language
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