Interpretor and Translator

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Job Description

Interpreters and translators convert information from one language to another. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language while translators work in written language. Typical work activities include in person translating weather in the same room or in a nearby conference room, by telephone if the interpreter is in a different place from the speakers or via video conferencing and internet-based technologies.


The best paid interpreters earn more than $78,000 annually and the lowest paid interpreters earn less than $23,000 annually.

Perks of the Job

Translators and interpreters are always learning. For example you might be asked to translate an instruction manual and the next day you could be asked to translate commands for video games. You're also constantly working in two languages and to stay sharp in a language you have to speak, write, and think in two languages which interpreters do on a daily basis.

Required Education

A degree is not always required, but most employers prefer an applicant who holds a bachelor’s degree with some formal coursework in interpreting. The degree field needed is interpreting, foreign language, or any other related field.

Location of the Job

Interpreters work in schools, hospitals, courtrooms, and conference centers. Many translators work from home. Self-employed interpreters and translators frequently have very flexible work schedules and work full time during business hours. In the US, the best cities to work as an interpreter are the metropolitan areas of Washington D.C., Bethesda, Maryland, Augusta, Georgia, Blacksburg, Virginia, and Columbus, Georgia.