I’ve appreciated Captioners since I was an adolescent. Why? Well, many of us grew up in households where we weren’t allowed to watch certain programming on TV….the Captioners helped us get around that. Lol We could basically watch the movies or shows and read what they were saying! Lol . Oh c’mon, I know I wasn’t the only sneaky kid!
Technology has allowed us to get around quite a bit regarding how we work and-or how the work we do is performed. I remember when ‘captioning’ was first introduced to television, we wanted to see the words to every show! Of course, that got old really quickly! Lol
What is a caption? According to Merriam Webster, “a sentence or group of words that is written on or next to a picture to explain what is being shown”.
What are captions used for? In video terminology a caption is used to mean a text representation of the audio in the video. Captions are often used by those viewers who are hearing impaired, and will describe what is being said, emotions, and background sounds. Captions can also used for indexing and retrieval.
What training is needed to become a Captioner/Captionist?
Many Captioners started out as court reporters and became graduates of accredited court reporting institutions. There are several institutions online that cover this field of study. Many of the jobs I found requested a certain typing speed as a requirement for employment consideration, though I am sure terminology and accuracy are just as important!
It is a job requirement to have attended classes for stenography, court reporting, and-or transcription. If you are a fast typist you are already half way there. Although most institutions claim their programs to be 2 year programs, it really depends on how quickly you learn and retain information, and whether or not you can build up a speed to be considered a candidate..from what I have seen, that would be 180–220 wpm. An Associate or other degree is not a requirement to become a court reporter, nor a Captioner, but you do have to pass a training program associated with the field.
What does a Captioner do? A Captioner listens to pre-recorded audio and-or video and types out what they hear in the dialog:this is done so those who have issues with his-her hearing can communicate/interact in ways made difficult without hearing. Some Captioners called real-time captioners, type out the words in live broadcasts, there is not much room for error.
How much do Captioners earn? ” The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics classifies closed caption television specialists as broadcast captioners under the broader category of court reporters. Salaries for closed caption television specialists vary, depending on experience and the geographical areas in which they work”. (Chron) The average salary for a closed caption television specialist was $55,000 as of 2014, according to the job site Study. The salary information retrieved is for the real-time broadcasting or television captioning positions.
Concluding Thoughts: It seems that with the right training and a lot of practice one could have a stable career as a Captioner. If estimations are correct regarding the length of schooling necessary, after 2 years of study one could have earned certification to begin his-her career. Those with experience can visit the sites and apply to jobs. These type of opportunities continue to increase because outsourcing just makes sense. Take advantage of the listed resources! I would love to hear what my readers think of this post, feel free to leave a comment! Much Success on your journey!
AberCap –Remote Captioner/Caption Editor. (Many other openings). Must have typing speeds of 180-220 wpm.
Vitac–Seeking Real-Time and offline Captioners.
Caption Colorado –Seeking remote Captioners.
Caption Max –Remote Caption Position. (1-2 years live-writing experience.
Rev –Seeking freelance Captioners. Strong English skills and a headset required. Avg pay $240/month, top earners receive $1570/month.
Quick Caption –Seeking Captioners. Submit your info.
LinkedIn –A job board with open closed captioning jobs.
Indeed –A job board with open captioning jobs. Jobs are
not remote. Location specific.
Vanan Captioning –Open Captioner positions.
NCI –Seeking steno Captioners and voice writers.
C2CC –Seeking experienced steno-Captioners.
Caption It –Seeking steno Captioner, Captioner, and
Respeaker. Must type at least 50 wpm.
Home Team Captions –Seeking sports enthusiasts who transcribe
or want to learn how to for sporting events.
HSN –Seeking on-call Voice Captionist to caption live broadcasts.
Has diploma/GED required. No experience necessary. Training provided.
Tutin –Seeking at home online Captioners. Good resource for
training and industry info.
VOT –Home Based Closed Caption jobs. Do captions for TV and movies.
Dynamic Captioning –Seeking Captioners. This is contract work.
3+ years of broadcast captioning experience required. Must type
230-260 wpm with 98.6 percent accuracy.
Caption Advantage –Seeking Captioners. Must call or email to
contact for positions.
ViCaps –Seeking offline and real-time captioning.
Media Captioning –Seeking real-time Captioners.
NCC –Seeking Captioners.
Our minimum requirement for consideration is experience as
a broadcast captionist or graduation from an accredited NCRA-
approved school and an RPR (registered professional reporter)
and CRR (certified real-time reporter) designation.
Please email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit your
resume through the contact page.
Gigecast –Seeking closed Captionist.
USA Captioning –Seeking Captioners. English/Spanish.
Caption Labs –Live Caption Writer. Must type 180-220 wpm.
Offline Caption Editor English/Spanish.
Media-Movers –Seeking Closed Captionist.
Captel –Seeking Captioning Assistant. WI
Caption Associates –Seeking Captioners pt/ft.
Offline Captioning –A transcription resource
and job site.
3 Play Media –FREE resources.
ITV Dictionary –A list of companies that offer
caption and transcription services. Possible job
Bryan University –Transcription and closed
NCRA –A resource to locate at-home caption
jobs and-or proper training.
CIY –A resource to caption yourself. Other
Udemy –Learning platform with FREE
open & closed captioning jobs.
Gary D. Robinson –Captioning resource.
Media Access Group –A resource for