Legal, medical and general transcription all require typing and grammar skills. The methods used to do medical transcription and legal transcription work are similar but the content, terminology and industry formats are different.
General transcription and business transcription are easier to get into than legal or medical transcription. You won’t typically encounter many medical or legal terms unless you are targeting medical, legal or insurance industries and some specialized academic fields. Topics will vary widely so you can’t learn any specialized terms unless you’re focusing on one particular industry. General knowledge and research skills will make the job of a general transcriptionist easier.
The requirements for general transcription work are fast and accurate typing, excellent listening skills, and good English, spelling and punctuation skills. Because general transcription doesn’t require medical or legal terminology training or certification, it’s easier and faster to get started in general transcription.
In addition to the skills needed for any type of transcription, the legal and medical industries require specialized knowledge such as legal and medical terminology.
Although NO formal training is required to become a legal transcriptionist, specialized knowledge is needed. Legal transcriptionists need to understand legal terminology and be familiar with legal documentation.
If you don’t have a legal background or legal experience, you can take a specialized legal transcription course to become a legal transcriptionist. As for any type of transcription work, clients expect accurate transcripts, keyboarding speed and grammar and punctuation skills. Accuracy is crucial when dealing with legal cases.
Medical transcription involves medical terms such as name of drugs, diseases and disorders. When the transcriptionist makes mistakes, it may affect the health of the patient. Medical transcriptionists may have science and medically related degrees including nursing, psychology, physical therapy, pharmacy and biology. If you don’t have a medical background, you will typically have to take a specialized medical transcription course. Employers may screen applicants for their knowledge of medical terms through tests.