Interpreters and Translators


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+20% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


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

American Sign Language Interpreter (ASL Interpreter), Court Interpreter, Educational Interpreter, Interpreter, Linguist, Medical Interpreter, Sign Language Interpreter, Spanish Interpreter, Spanish 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.
  • Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.

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