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Interpreters & Translators

Also called: Interpreter, Medical Interpreter, Sign Language Interpreter, Translator

What they do:
Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.
On the job, you would:
  • Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
  • Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
  • Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • foreign language
Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Communications
  • multimedia
  • telecommunications
Safety and Government
  • law and government

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hearing and Speech
  • recognize spoken words
  • speak clearly
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

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Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$42,420
per year, on average
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