Scopists edit transcripts with a computer-assisted transcript (CAT) program. It is different from transcription in that 90 percent or more of the text is already recorded by the stenographic language.
What personality types are good for this job?
Most scopists are self-disciplined, Type A personalities that strive to do their best. Most enjoy working independently and not being pressed with a stringent deadline.
What kind of training is required?
Review of grammar is needed. Scopists also have to review and discuss how court transcripts are punctuated in a slightly different manner than a history or research paper. Scopists need lots of contextual reading to train their eyes to catch the details. Learning the computer-assisted or aided transcription (CAT) software program is also required.
Feedback should be provided on each student’s work before they begin working with court reporters.
How much can a scopist make per hour or annually?
Scopists can make $14 – $20 per hour to start. The first year will be spent gaining proficiency in formatting and learning the software. During the first year, scopists should be able to make around $2,000 a month. After a year or so, real-time scopists can make over $2,000 a week, because they edit the fast-paced work.
Most scopists are independent contractors and report their own income to the IRS. The benefits are working from home and having a flexible work schedule.
What advice do you have for a newly trained scopist?
Be patient with yourself. You are trying to learn a lot of information in a short amount of time. Many times you will feel frustrated and overwhelmed in the process. That is your brain’s way of telling you to take a break. Kind of like resetting your computer.
If a newly trained scopist has not received enough training and does not feel confident in their skills, they should consider a Scoping Intern Program.