A successful Typist is responsible for typing company documents and material, including reports, correspondence and policies. If you can type fast and accurately and can check documents for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors under tight deadlines, we’d like to meet you. For this role, it’s essential to handle sensitive information with confidentiality.
A home typist or word processor types documents from their home office, frequently using audio files as the source. These home-based jobs cover many types of transcription—from micro jobs in data entry to specializations that require additional training such as medical transcription.
Not every type of transcriptionist job is suitable for at-home work; for instance, court reporting is usually done on-site. However, the skills developed in on-site situations can be valuable in gaining some of the lucrative home-based work such as real-time transcription and captioning.
Ultimately, you should be able to ensure our company documents are accurate, updated and accessible to all employees.
- Transfer data from paper formats into digital files or database systems
- Transcribe documents from dictated tapes
- Take notes at meetings with managers and others to create detailed texts
- Edit completed work for grammar, spelling and punctuation
- Gather and organize typing material
- Create spreadsheets and presentations, combining various data from existing files
- Maintain physical and digital filing systems
- Scan and print files, as needed
- Keep information confidential in accordance with security policies
- Proven work experience as a Typist, Data Entry Clerk, or Data Entry operator
- Fast typing skills; using a touch typing system is a plus
- Experience using data recorders and optical scanners
- Excellent knowledge of word processing tools and spreadsheets
- Familiarity with office equipment
- Strong English language skills
- Attention to detail with an ability to spot grammar, spelling and punctuation errors
- High school diploma; additional computer training or certification is a plus
Typist and transcriptionist compensation varies based on the client or employer, industry or area of expertise, and level of experience. Home typists are usually paid per piece or by the hour, although some may be paid per audio minute or per word.
- Median Wages: $19.11/hour
- Top 10% Wages: More than $27.93/hour
- Bottom 10% Wages: Less than $13.02/hour
Education, Training, & Certification
It’s helpful to have had at least two years of on-site experience, but most home-based transcription jobs don’t require post-secondary education or special certification. However, for medical transcription jobs, certification or advanced training may be needed, depending on the client’s or employer’s requirements.
- Basic Classes: Local vocational schools and community colleges offer typing and English grammar courses for those who need a refresher course or additional training. There are also free online courses offered by organizations such as Alison that has courses in touch typing, the fundamentals of English grammar, and more. Training in the fundamentals of office software is helpful for any home typist, especially those who are reentering the field after several years.
- Medical Transcription Certification and/or Advanced Training: Obtaining certification or advanced training in medical transcription is optional but is likely to help when searching for clients. The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI) offers two types of certificates for medical transcriptionists and approves programs that provide advanced training in the field, for example, Ivy Tech’s Medical Transcription Editor program.
These are some requirements and responsibilities of an online typing job.