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Interpreters & Translators

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

Where in the Army? In the Army: Chief Counterintelligence/Human Intelligence Sergeant; Cryptologic Linguist; Human Intelligence Collector; Interpreter/Translator; Signals Intelligence Analyst; Trainee, Language

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.


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


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


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


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Foreign language software
  • Ace Translator
  • Adapt It
Web platform development software
  • Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML
  • Hypertext markup language HTML
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


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

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