A transcriber is a person who creates a written record of conversations, meetings, and audio and video recordings. The transcriber will provide clearly formatted sentences and paragraphs that allow the audio content to be read. This is especially important for persons in the business world because written content can be absorbed faster and distributed more easily than audio content. Transcribers may work for dedicated transcription companies that provide these services for business, or they may be part of offices that do transcription for law firms involved in depositions. Museums and historical archives may also use transcribers to create easily accessible versions of fragile and non-portable historic documents and journals.
One of the key attributes of anyone choosing to be a transcriber is an ability to type quickly and accurately. Humans typically speak much faster than they can write, so transcribers must be able to quickly understand and type sentences as they hear them. Most transcribers use some sort of dedicated software that allows for easily speeding up and slowing down recorded proceedings. The transcriber can slow down audio files to assist him or her in the process. Some dedicated transcription machines also work with analog audiotape. These machines will have foot pedals, by which the transcriber can slow and reverse tape as necessary to create accurate reproduction of the audio material.
A transcriber will normally possess at least a high school degree or equivalent. While some employers will hire transcribers as an entry-level position, persons with experience can typically command higher salaries in the field. Most transcribers typically work in an office or home office during regular business hours in the week. Some employers prefer transcribers with a bachelor’s degree in business or a related field.
Enter data from paper forms into electronic forms.