Interpreter or Translator

An interpreter and translator provides information and content from one..

Interpreter or Translator

What does a Interpreter or Translator do?

Median Pay $46,120
Growth Rate 29%
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An interpreter and translator provides information and content from one language to another language. An interpreter can speak and use sign language and a translator would provide the written translation. The most sought after languages are Spanish, Middle Eastern, German, French, Russian and Portuguese. However, many require you to be completely fluent in the English language above all others as many other countries learn English as a second language as well.

How to Become an Interpreter/Translator


Most interpreters and translators hold a bachelor’s degree and are fluent in the English language and another language. The more languages you have command of, the more competitive you become for a job. A lot of work-related experience and/or vocational training would be very helpful. Some people complete job specific training programs in this career field.

Job Description of an Interpreter/Translator

An interpreter and translator maintains message content, context, and style in the specified language when translating messages. They prepare translations and determine meanings when listening to a speakers’ statement. They also provide information and terminology that has been applied in medical, legal, or technical terms. He or she translates material such as legal documents, news reports, or even scientific works.

An interpreter and translator ensures the accuracy of the translation and will maintain the integrity of the context during the translation revision process. They use encyclopedias, dictionaries, and computerized technology banks for reference materials to maintain correctness in translation.

An interpreter and translator needs to be knowledgeable of the content, structure, spelling, and composition of a language as well as it’s grammar, pronunciation, meanings, and rules of composition. An interpreter and translator must have active listening skills and speaking skills in order to properly and clearly communicate to others. They use their skills in reading comprehension, writing, and instructing others. They also maintain cooperative and working relationships with others.

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