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What it takes to be a professional transcriptionist

When we mention the word transcriptionist or transcriber, most people immediately think “fast typer.” While this is definitely important – there are other various skills a professional transcriptionist needs to have.

But, while we’re on the point of speedy typing…we speak at a rate of 150 to 170 words per minute. On average that is 10,000 words an hour.

A professional transcriptionist can type between 80 to 100 words per minute, sometimes more. Based on a clear piece of audio, a 1 hour interview can take anywhere between 4 and 6 hours to transcribe.

Does your business need transcription services? We have four reasons why outsourcing your transcription services makes sense.

If you’re interested in working in the professional transcription industry, our careers page will cover everything you need to know about the benefits and skills you need to offer quality transcription.

About Catherine Byrne

Catherine's work with Pacific Transcription spans many areas, including writing and design, business development, training, and of course, keeping abreast of emerging trends and new products which enhance transcription and dictation experiences for clients.
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