Interpreters and Translator

By: Ximena Briones

What Translators and Interpreters do?

Interpreters and translators convert information from one language to another. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language, translators in written language.

Work Environment

Interpreters work in settings such as schools, hospitals, courtrooms, and conference centers. Many translators work from home. Both interpreters and translators who are self-employed frequently have variable schedules.

Job Outlook

Employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by broadening international ties and by large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States. Job opportunities should be best for those who have professional certification.


The median annual wage of interpreters and translators was $43,300 in May 2010.

How to become an Interpreter or Translator

Although interpreters and translators typically need a bachelor’s degree, the most important requirement is that they be fluent in English and at least one other language. Many complete job-specific training programs.