Interpreters & Translators

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Interpreter, Medical Interpreter, Sign Language Interpreter, Translator

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Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Chinese; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Pashto; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Spanish; Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Pashto; Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper; Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Pashto; Foreign Area Officer (FAO), Fighter; Heavy Aircraft Integrated Avionics Craftsman; Officer Combat Aviation Advisor, Team Leader
Attaché Intelligence Operations Technician; Civil Affairs Specialist; Foreign Area Officer, Europe and Eurasia; Foreign Area Officer, Sub-Saharan Africa; Human Intelligence Collection Technician; Psychological Operations; Signals Intelligence Analyst; Special Forces Communications Sergeant; Special Forces Intelligence Sergeant; Special Forces Warrant Officer
Intelligence Specialist
Advanced Cryptologic Language Analyst; Foreign Area Officer - Africa; Foreign Area Staff Non-Commissioned Officer-Eurasia; Linguist, Albanian; Linguist, Arabic (Yemeni); Linguist, Czech; Linguist, Hebrew; Linguist, Lithuanian; Linguist, Portuguese (European); Linguist, Tausug
Chinese Mandarin Advanced Language; Language Capability (Billets and Personnel) - CHINESE; Language Capability (Billets and Personnel) - ORYIA; Language Capability (Personnel Only) - ADIGEY; Language Capability (Personnel Only) - CHINESE-FUKIENESE; Language Capability (Personnel Only) - GREEK KATHAREVOUSA; Language Capability (Personnel Only) - KRIO; Language Capability (Personnel Only) - MISKITO; Language Capability (Personnel Only) - SAMOAN; Language Capability (Personnel Only) - TUPI
Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Russian; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Persian; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Pashto; Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Korean; Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice; Cryptologic Language Analyst Apprentice, Spanish; Cryptologic Language Analyst Craftsman, Spanish; Cryptologic Language Analyst Helper, Russian; Cryptologic Language Analyst Journeyman, Russian
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

Education and Training

  • teaching and course design

Safety and Government

  • public safety and security


Basic Skills

  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • order or arrange things
  • notice when problems happen


  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Independence
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control


You might use software like this on the job:

Web platform development software

  • Extensible hypertext markup language XHTML
  • Hypertext markup language HTML Hot Technology

Presentation software

  • Microsoft PowerPoint Hot Technology

Foreign language software

  • Ace Translator
  • Stormdance CatsCradle


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

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