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An In-depth Look at the Scopist Profession

and Handbook for Getting Started

William Sober

Linda A. Knipes-Sober

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The scopist field is a demanding, detail-oriented profession requiring extreme flexibility in one's abilities and schedule, but it has its rewards.

Scoping may not be for everybody, but if it does suit your lifestyle and personal temperament, it can be the best career in the world.

Scoping is not a way to get rich quick, and it's not easy money. Yes, you can make "full time" pay working part time, but it can be offset with downtime also. Freelance scopists can usually work at home, setting their own hours, but each job is a commitment that comes with a deadline so you often have to set many hours aside in order to perform your service. Staff scopists are often required to work late hours in order to meet deadlines.

Scopists often perform transcription for long, long hours, days on end.

A successful scopist is an avid reader, curious in nature and quick to go to the reference books. There is usually a considerable expense involved with becoming a scopist because of the cost of equipment, training and reference materials.

Scoping, by its nature, is not easily mastered by everyone, and there's a fairly high attrition rate in training -- just like many other professions.

However, for many people scoping provides challenge, good income and reasonable flexibility. I've been a scopist since the mid '80s and I've loved every minute of it. The work is important, usually interesting, oftentimes mentally challenging and widely ranging in topic. As years go by, a scopist is exposed to virtually every form of expert technical and medical testimony, complex business maneuvers, eye-opening criminal proceedings and sometimes high-profile cases; of course, a professional scopist shouldn't discuss their work in detail, so you've got to be hush-mouthed also! <g>

I enjoy my scoping career, but I know it's such a specialty niche that it's difficult to make the decision on whether or not to commit to the time and expense of becoming a scopist, so I've compiled the information contained in this publication in an effort to help people make an informed decision. I hope it helps.

- W.


Chapter 1 - History of Scoping

Chapter 2 - Description of the Process

Chapter 3 - Description of Scopist

Chapter 4 - Scopist Training

Chapter 5 - The Professional Scopist

Chapter 6 - The Current State of Affairs

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