People who want to work from home search for typing jobs most of the time.
But there are some jobs that are somewhat similar to typing jobs like closed captioning jobs.
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Wondering what closed captioning is? Please read on.
What is Closed Captioning?
Closed Captioning is when you transcribe videos, interviews, or any kind of digital content. In simple terms, when you watch a news broadcast or a movie, you can see the subtitles, that’s closed captioning. Closed captioning is mainly intended for hearing impaired, but many industries hire closed captioners.
There are mainly two types of closed captioning:
Live or Real-time closed captioning – This is the captioning job you do when you transcribe live events. Live or Real-time closed captioning is a very demanding position where you need a high typing speed and accuracy. Due to high demand, real-time captioners earn more than offline captioners. Real-time captioners often require prior certifications or study background to get started in this career.
Offline closed captioning – You do this captioning job for videos or events that are not live like movies, interviews, or any recorded events. Offline closed captioning also requires you to have good accuracy and typing speed. This type of captioning job is more suitable for people who are total beginners in this industry.
What are the skills that you require for closed captioning jobs?
Though you don’t need a specific qualification for a closed captioning job, you should be well acquainted with the role. It would help if you had high-level typing and accuracy with excellent command on English.
For any closed captioning job, you need to have basic working equipment like a working computer, a high-speed internet, captioning software, and a foot pedal.
How much do closed captioning jobs pay?
Although it depends on the type of captioning you are doing, and the experience, the average pay for a closed captioner is around $13 per hour, according to Jobs Today.
List of companies hiring for closed captioning jobs from home:
Rev hires freelance captioners for captioning videos, movies, interviews, etc. You need to take a grammar test and submit a caption sample to start working with this company. The working hours are flexible, and you can choose your work.
I have seen many people commenting that the caption test is pretty tough, and you need to prepare ahead to pass it. The pay is $0.40 to $0.75 per video minute, and average earnings per month are around $240.
CaptionMax hires work-from-home real-time captioners. Because of the type of captioning involved, there is a requirement of A.A. or B.S. in Real-time Closed Captioning, Judicial Reporting, or satisfactory completion of other 2-year equivalent programs.
They also require a relevant certification from NCRA or equivalent.
Aberdeen company regularly hires for real-time broadcast captioners. The requirements are having a minimum typing speed of 180-220 wpm and prior experience in the captioning.
Once you apply online, you need to take a real-time caption test before you get hired.
This company has been around for a long time in the captioning industry and hires remote real-time captioners. The job requirements are a writing speed of 225 wpm and prior experience as a captioner with relevant certification.
If you are through with your application, there is a paid on-site training period, after which you can work remotely.
This company hires freelance real-time captioners. Previous experience in the captioning industry is a must to apply for this role. You can apply online on the website for this position.
CaptionLabs are always looking for experienced real-time and offline captioners, though only real-time positions are fully remote. The job is a freelance position that requires a minimum writing speed of 180–220 wpm. Most of the captioning videos will be religious, so some knowledge of religious terminology is desired.
You can check all the current openings here.
Dotsub is another company that hires freelance captioners. It’s not clear whether it is looking for real-time or offline captioners, but you can fill the form here for the company to consider you for the position.
If you meet the requirements, the recruitment team will contact you with potential projects.
U.S. Captioning Company hires broadcast captioners regularly. As per the website, it pays higher with weekend shifts and emergency hours. You can submit an online form with your resume for the company to consider you for the role.
If you are searching for captioning jobs, then try legit job boards like Jobs Today.
Jobs Today is one of the most popular job boards for finding flexible jobs in every industry. You can find more than 50 categories of jobs, including real-time and offline closed captioning jobs.
Other alternatives for closed captioning jobs
If you don’t think captioning jobs are your thing, then try the below options to work from home that are related to the basic skills of typing and having good English language skills.
Do you have a keen eye for detail and excellent command over the English language? Then try proofreading. Proofreading is a very flexible and booming career that lets you work from home. Check out these proofreading jobs and a free workshop to see if you are cut out for home-based proofreading business.
Transcription is the closest career choice to captioning. It has three streams, legal, medical, and general transcription. It does take some training to get into this field. It’s the most popular choice for people looking to work from home.
As the entertainment industry grows, captioning jobs are becoming more popular. With more and more freelance captioning job opportunities, it’s easy to break into this industry even if you are a beginner.
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