Life As an Interpreter or Translator
Example of Interpreter or Translator Job Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.
What Do Interpreters and Translators Do On a Daily Basis?
- Compile information on content and context of information to be translated and on intended audience.
- Check original texts or confer with authors to ensure that translations retain the content, meaning, and feeling of the original material.
- Proofread, edit, and revise translated materials.
- Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.
- Adapt translations to students’ cognitive and grade levels, collaborating with educational team members as necessary.
- Train and supervise other translators or interpreters.
What Every Interpreter or Translator Should Know
When polled, Interpreters and Translators say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:
Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Types of Interpreter or Translator
- Bilingual Interpreter
- Interpreter and Translator
- Language Translator
- Per Diem Interpreter
- Braille Transcriber
Is There Going to be Demand for Interpreters and Translators?
There were about 68,200 jobs for Interpreter or Translator in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 17.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 12,100 new jobs for Interpreter or Translator by 2026. The BLS estimates 7,800 yearly job openings in this field.
The states with the most job growth for Interpreter or Translator are Colorado, Utah, and Idaho. Watch out if you plan on working in Wyoming, Montana, or Delaware. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.
Interpreter or Translator Salary
The salary for Interpreters and Translators ranges between about $27,230 and $90,610 a year.
Interpreters and Translators who work in District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.
Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Interpreters and Translators in different U.S. states.
|State||Annual Mean Salary|
|District of Columbia||$93,730|
What Tools do Interpreters and Translators Use?
Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Interpreters and Translators:
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Office
- Hypertext markup language HTML
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Microsoft Outlook
- Web browser software
- Microsoft Access
- Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML
- Voice over internet protocol VoiP system software
How do I Become an Interpreter or Translator?
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Where Interpreters and Translators Are Employed
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