Translation & Interpreters

Prospects and Advice

Burns, Jennifer Bobrow. "Translator/Interpreter." Ferguson's Career Guidance Center. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <>.


This article, written by Jennifer Bobrow Burns, discusses the main aspects of being a Translator or Interpreter. A description of the careers is given, which talks about how both jobs help people communicate between each other. The author also compares the two different careers. Translators need to know the proper grammar and word usage of their native language, along with a foreign language. Interpreters convert live speeches into a language other people can understand, whether that be sign language or a foreign language.

While this article discusses more about the two careers, like their salaries, education, work tasks and environments, the author points out some Prospects and Advice of the career. Like every job, Translators and Interpreters have certain employment aspects and can advance throughout their career. Many companies who take on global clients may need translators to help with business, or interpreters can be hired to help out with bigger events. The opportunities that translators and interpreters get can be based on their language specialties. Some languages can be more in demand than others, depending on the event or circumstance. Translators and interpreters can also advance throughout their career with experience and seniority, Both careers can build client bases and work flexible schedules.

The author also wrote some tips that can help with getting into the translating and interpreting career field. Some of the main tips the author listed were:

  • Find ways to apply the languages you are studying academically, and volunteer at international student organizations to practice speaking in that language.
  • Attend events and observe the interpreter's body language, mannerisms, and fluency.
  • Research the history and foreign countries behind your language.

The author of this article provided a a good source of information on translators and interpreters, and discussed some subjects other article leave out. It is important to know the career's aspects and the opportunities that can be made available to you before entering that field of work. The advice the author also included is very helpful for those who hope to become translators and interpreters in the future. After all, translators and interpreters are not going away anytime soon.