Interpreters


Overview

Interpreters

Introduction

An interpreter translates spoken passages of a foreign language into another specified language. The job is often designated by the language interpreted, such as Spanish or Japanese. In addition, many interpreters specialize according to subject matter. For example, medical interpreters have extensive knowledge of and experience in the health care field, while court or judiciary interpreters speak both a second language and the "language" of law. Interpreters for the deaf, also known as sign l...

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Median Salary

$49,930

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

One to five years experience


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Skills

Foreign Language


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Earnings for interpreters vary depending on experience, skills, number of languages used, and employers. In November 2019, ZipRecruiter indicated that annual salaries for interpreters ranged from $12,500 to $95,000, averaging $44,387. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that interpreters and translators earned median annual salaries of $49,930 in May 2018. The lowest 10 percent earned...

Work Environment

Interpreters work under a wide variety of circumstances and conditions. As a result, most do not have typical nine-to-five schedules. 

Conference interpreters probably have the most comfortable physical facilities in which to work. Their glass-enclosed booths are well lit and temperature controlled. Court or judiciary interpreters work in courtrooms or conference rooms, while interpreter...

Outlook

Employment opportunities for interpreters and translators are expected to grow much faster than the average through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), at a rate of 19 percent. Interpreters who are fluent in French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, Korean, Mixtec, Zapotec, and Mayan are predicted to be in demand in the future. Additional...

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