CAREER

Interpreters and Translators

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$52,330

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+20% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree

Career

What Interpreters and Translators Do

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

Other Job Titles Interpreters and Translators May Have

Court Interpreter, Deaf Interpreter, Educational Interpreter, Interpreter, Medical Interpreter, Paraprofessional Interpreter, Sign Language Interpreter, Spanish Interpreter, Technical Translator, Translator

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Co-Founder & COO ,

Interpreter Tap

I connect with certified/trained interpreters and I connect with attorneys and community organizations to help them gain easier access to language service professionals.

Senior Bilingual Process Manager ,

Capital One

I review priorities and deadlines, organize my translations accordingly and review materials.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
  • Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
  • Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.
  • Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.
  • Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.

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