Career, Salary and Education Information
What They Do: Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language.
Work Environment: Interpreters work in settings such as schools, hospitals, courtrooms, meeting rooms, and conference centers. Some work for translation and interpretation companies, individual organizations, or private clients. Many translators also work remotely. Self-employed interpreters and translators frequently have variable work schedules. Most interpreters and translators work full time during regular business hours.
How to Become One: Although interpreters and translators typically need at least a bachelor’s degree, the most important requirement is to have native-level proficiency in English and at least one other language.
Salary: The median annual wage for interpreters and translators is $51,830.
Job Outlook: Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 20 percent over the next ten years, much faster than the average for all occupations. Globalization and large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States will drive employment growth. Job prospects should be best for those who have professional certification.
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