Types of Work at Home Transcription Jobs

Updated on: by Amy Kennedy

Types of Online Transcription and Where to Find Work

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Transcription can be a great way to make extra money working from home, especially if you have a good ear and fast fingers.

There are several different types of transcription jobs that are available on the web, however; it’s important that you understand the differences, as well as know where to find these different types of transcription jobs.

This post will provide information on the four most  popular types of transcription jobs, and where you can find them on the Web.

Medical transcription:

Medical transcription involves typing up doctors’  recorded notes for different things, such as office visits, surgeries, and other medical procedures.  These typed up notes then become part of the patient’s medical record.

The format used for medical transcription can vary depending on the type of medical procedure, but since there’s only one person talking (the doctor), you never have to worry about labeling speakers – you just have to know the different parts of the transcript, such as the HPI (History of Present Illness),  Previous Medical History, and the Treatment Plan, if there is one – the sections can vary depending on the type of medical file you’re transcribing.

Training and knowledge of medical terminology is required, and it can be difficult to get your foot in the door as a medical transcriptionist, especially if you want to work from home. A lot of medical transcription companies that hire people to work from home are looking for people who already have experience.

If you are a medical transcriptionist who is just starting out, sites where you may be able to find work include freelance sites like Freelancer or Upwork – always be sure to read the description before bidding on a project on these sites, and make sure the person posting the project isn’t looking specifically for people who are experienced in medical transcription.

Read More: Top 6 Entry Level Medical Transcriptionist Work from Home Jobs

General transcription:

General transcription covers a wide range of different types of transcripts, such as interviews, sermons, radio and TV shows, and group discussions. The format for these different transcripts also varies depending on the needs of the client.

For example, some clients will want speakers labeled, while others won’t, and clients who want the different speakers labeled will often tell you how they want them labeled.

Training may or may not be required, depending on the needs of the client.  The good news is, it’s very easy to get experience in general transcription, because there are a lot of sites that will hire people to do general transcription with little or no experience.

Read More: 30 Best General Transcription Jobs from Home, No Experience Required

These include Mturk, TranscribeMe, Scribie and Tigerfish.  You can also look for general transcription jobs on sites like Freelancer or Upwork. Be aware however, that when you’re first starting out doing general transcription, you may not make a lot of money – as you get more experience however, you’ll be able to increase your earnings.

Reviews of General Transcription Companies at WAHAdventures.com:

Legal transcription:

Legal transcription involves transcribing legal proceedings , such as court cases and hearings.  The format used for legal transcription can vary depending on the type of legal proceeding, as well as the needs of the client.

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Training is usually required to become a legal transcriptionist, and just like with medical transcription, it can be difficult  to find a legal transcription job from home once you finish your training.  You can look for work from home legal transcription jobs on sites like Freelancer or Upwork  and e-typist.com.

Read more: 11 Best Companies That Pay You for Legal Transcription Work from Home


Captioning is a little different from other types of transcription – because you’re typing captions that appear on television shows so that hearing impaired people can tell what’s being said, you may not necessarily have to type full sentences.  The format for captioning transcription can vary depending on the client. Sites that hire people to do captioning include Way with Words, CaptionMatrix, Vitac, and CaptionColorado.  You may also be able to find captioning jobs on sites like Freelancer or Upwork is where I found my first captioning job.

Academic Transcription

Academic transcription refers to the process of transcribing educational content. This could include lectures, seminars, research interviews, oral history recordings, and dissertation research notes. The output is typically used for research purposes, aiding individuals with hearing impairments, or helping non-native speakers understand content better. It is helpful to have a broad knowledge base and familiarity with academic terminology when performing this type of transcription.

Websites for jobs: Scribie, GoTranscript, Rev

Financial Transcription

Financial transcription involves the transcription of financial and business-related audio or video content. This includes earnings calls, interviews with industry leaders, business meetings, and financial reports. Transcription in this field requires a deep understanding of financial and business terminologies to accurately transcribe the often complex and specialized information.

Websites for jobs: Allegis Transcription, Athreon, Speechpad

Media Transcription

Media transcriptionists transcribe audio and video content from various forms of media such as television, film, radio, podcasts, and social media. The text versions can then be used for generating closed captions, creating scripts, archiving, SEO, and other purposes. A media transcriptionist needs to have a good understanding of pop culture, current affairs, and different accents and dialects.

Websites for jobs: Rev, TranscribeMe, GoTranscript

Police Transcription

Police transcription involves converting law enforcement audios and videos into text documents. This may include recordings of police interviews, interrogations, wiretaps, body cam footage, and 911 calls. Confidentiality and a good understanding of law enforcement procedures and terminology are essential in this type of transcription work.

Websites for jobs: Net Transcripts, Athreon

Real-time Transcription

Real-time transcription involves transcribing spoken words into written form as they are being spoken. This type of transcription is commonly used in court reporting, live broadcasting, and live events such as conferences or speeches. It requires advanced skills, as the transcriptionist has to keep up with the speed of the speaker, accurately transcribing words on the fly.

Websites for jobs: Vitac, Rev

Read More: These 14 Companies Provide Closed Captioning Jobs From Home

I hope this post has provided some information on the types of transcription jobs that are available to people who work from home.

No  matter what type of transcription you do, you’ll definitely want to have a good headset, and a foot pedal is also recommended, especially if you’re typing longer transcriptions.

For longer transcriptions, I also highly recommend a program like Phrase Express, which allows you to create shortcuts for phrases you type often.

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Elliott Scott

November 7, 2013 at 7:55 am

There are so many more work-at-home jobs than I had previously thought! I stumbled across your blog about a month ago, and I’ve been following it daily since then. Thank you for providing such in-depth information.

Miranda Grimm

November 11, 2013 at 4:33 pm

It is growing so much! Within the last few years I have seen so many more companies going the route of using home based staffing. Glad you are following!

Bernice Jenkins

November 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I really don’t think captioning should be considered part of transcription. 99% of the companies that hire captionist require you to be a stenographer because you need to be able to write(thats what stenographers call there version of typing) in Real time. Because you are writing as they are speaking and have to keep up. Its almost imposible for a typist to be that fast. If you look at all the requirements for the companies you posted that hire captioners they require at least 225 wpm. You cannot do that typing. That is only possible with a stenography machine. Even the reviews of the positions (if you click on the links for the companies you posted) even say the same thing. The one for Vitac said there was a lot of confusion about the requirements. This is because people are thinking its typing when its not. And to be a captioner you also have to be certified through the state. A few of those companies will hire you right out of stenography school and let you get your certification while working but eventually you need it. When i think of transcription, i think of typing. So stenography i put in a different category. Now there are a lot of stenographers that do transcription though. So i can understand why some people do classify it as transcription. I just wanted to make sure people understood that they cannot just type to be a captioner

Miranda Grimm

November 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

This is a very helpful comment Bernice. Thanks for taking the time to clarify this for us and the readers as well.


November 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Great information Bernice, thanks!


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