Interpreters and Translators

What do they do?

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

Also known as:

American Sign Language ASL/English Interpreter, American Sign Language ASL/English Sign Language Interpreter/RID Certified, Audio Narrator, Bilingual Interpreter, Braille Transcriber, Braille Transcriber/Tactile Graphics Specialist, Certified Court Interpreter, Certified Court/Medical Interpreter, Conference Interpreter, Conference Translator, Court Interpreter, Deaf Interpreter, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist, Diplomatic Interpreter, Diplomatic Interpreter/Translator, Educational Interpreter, Educational Sign and Oral Certified Interpreter, Sign Language, Freelance Interpreter/Translator, Freelance Translator, Full Time Staff Interpreter, Hourly Sign Language Interpreter, Interpreter, Interpreter and Translator, Interpreter for the Deaf, Interpreter-Bosnia-English and Albanian-English, Medical Interpreter, Official Court Interpreter, Paraprofessional Interpreter, Per Diem Interpreter, Russian Language Interpreter and Translator, Sign Language Interpreter, Sign Language Interpreter, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Consultant, Spanish Interpreter, Spanish Interpreter/Translator, Staff Interpreter, Superior Court Interpreter-Spanish/English, Technical Translator, Translator, Translator and Interpreter, Translator/Interpreter

Typical Wages

Annual wages for Interpreters and Translators in United States

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Interpreters and Translators is projected to grow 27 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average compared to all occupations.

Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 27.8%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #5 in job growth rate
  • 390

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #5 in net job growth

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Typical College Majors

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (5.2%)
  • Master's degree (16.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (30.8%)
  • Associate's degree (12.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (19.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (13.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (1.2%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • 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.

Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Foreign Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Translate information for others.
  • Compile technical information or documentation.
  • Edit written materials.
  • Verify accuracy of data.
  • Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
  • Train others on work processes.

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