In a word, NOPE!
I’ve gotten more than just a few people e-mailing me saying I’ve inspired them to go back to school for an English degree. I even had someone write back and tell me they make $800 a month and want to go back to school. My heart goes out to my friends who are struggling financially, which is why I am going to encourage those without a degree in English to take a deep breath and repeat after me:
It doesn’t matter.
Seriously, if you’ve got an eagle eye and want to do what I do, you do not need to go out and get a degree in English before becoming a proofreader. With transcripts, you proofread spoken word, so you’re not analyzing text and rearranging sentences, none of that. You don’t need to know the names of each sentence element, nor do you need to know how to write good ;-).
Going back to school is overrated. My bachelor’s degree is in communication! Schooling does give you all kinds of knowledge, but it won’t teach you how to proofread transcripts: not the the practical side (how to do the work), the marketing side (how to get the work) nor the business side (how to manage the work), all of which is included in my course. More debt makes it harder to go places and do things, too. So, please, for the love of all things written, do not go into debt to start this. It’s just not necessary.