Originally Posted by Mama Typist
Thanks for your response! I guess I'm just wondering what exactly is involved. Is it basically that an editor transcribes and then proofs their own work? Does an editor also proof other people's work? And do you have to have been working with the company for a while to be able to apply for an editor position?
No, an editor does not transcribe their own work. They are editing other people's work. They also have to do much more research and formatting than transcriptionists do. For example, for each call a transcriptionist will be given a list of terms and names for that company to be used during the call. However, they will often use other terms and names that are not listed anyway. A transcriptionist is not responsible for looking up those other terms. An editor, on the other hand, will have to use Google or other research methods to find these terms and names. They also have to do more formatting for speakers, Q&A sections, and the like.
My friend was hired as an editor straight on, but I don't think that is very common. I have been with them a few months (since July) and they are planning to train me to edit after October, so if you are good you can move up fairly quickly.