Many people in the world get payment based on how many words of content they produce per day. Let’s look at the list of professions where people would typically need a word count software to get their wages accurately.
All folks that are related to the translation process are word count gurus. Trimming actual word count means either saving some budget or squeezing more profit. However, localizers use not the pure character count but “weighted character count” closely integrated with the translation memory tools.
MTs have to digitize manually written or tape-written medical data. The main specific of this profession is that one has to listen and type at the same time. But a skilled medical transcriptionist is a valued worker who usually gets their salary basing on the word count.
These guys “blog for fun and profit.” Their task is keeping a corporate, news, or whatsoever blog popular (i.e., filled with exciting content). They get salary per word of the generated content — pure word counters.
They are very much like commercial bloggers. But they sell their content to the “real media” (unlike commercial bloggers who know nothing of SEO). Sometimes they are paid basing on the actual character count, but in most cases, their wages are based on estimates (more details here).
Yes, the folks who write big books that are printed on white paper, which you can buy at Barnes & Noble. Of course, there are less successful guys whose books you are hard to find even digging all day long at Amazon. But both successful and not very successful ones are paid on the character count basis (more info on the topic you can find in the History of Word Count Metrics).
If you know any other profession where people get their money on a per word, per character, or per-line basis, leave you to comment, and we will include it in the update to this article 🙂