After several years in medical transcription, I was curious about closed captioning work for a few different reasons, which I won’t go into here.
During the course of some research, I found a book on Amazon called "The Closed Captioning Handbook"by Gary Robson. The name sounded vaguely familiar and I went back and clicked on the link to see the rest of the author’s books. I recognized the “Everybody Poops” series as InvisibleWombat’s work. So naturally, I came here to see what information could be garnered.
I’m not averse to spending some money on resources/equipment, but before I lay out $65 for a very targeted book, I was hoping to get a few questions answered to see if this is actually an avenue I should explore further.
Can anyone give me any idea of the pay structure and level of closed captioners? (Not real-time captioning.) Is it on a “per line” basis or hourly? Any kind of salary average?
In MT, working from home for a company at the other end of the country is fairly common. In the opportunities for closed captioning I’ve found online, many of them seem to be on-site. Is this really the case or am I looking in the wrong spot?
Are there any decent industry forums where captioners hang out, discuss their work, jobs are posted, etc?
I know real-time captioning generally requires steno experience and equipment, which I don’t have and am not interested in going after at this time. What, if any, equipment or software should I consider?
If all systems are go and I’m thinking of moving forward, would the Handbook be a good idea to obtain, or is it aimed at a different level of the industry?
Thanks in advance for any input!