Prospects for being a translator or interpreter

We have been in business for over 15 years so we realized early on that the need for language services would grow well into the future. We see demand for quality translation coming from large and small companies. A recent US News and World Report article lists Translator/Interpreter as one of the top 50 careers in 2011.

It is great to see a national news outlet like US News and World Report write about our industry as a top career choice for 2011. Some of the highlights of the article include:

-the types of jobs a linguist can expect to work on in our industry (courthouse interpretation, freelance translator, conference interpreter), I would also add professional voice over talent among many other jobs including support roles like Marketing functions, page production or desktop publishing and sales.

-typical annual salary ranges from $22,810 to $74,150 per year with a median of $40,860

-proper preparation includes mastering your own language, immersing yourself in your language pair by traveling and living abroad and garnering some experience in a specific field so you can properly and effectively translate materials from specific fields like health care, technical and legal.

The article was well written and the facts were on target. I also liked the quote from Kevin Hendzel, spokesman for the American Translators Association “…… [But] it’s really more important to find a language you’re passionate about.” I agree 100%! Getting into this business means having a passion for a specific language or languages in general along with a genuine desire to help individuals or companies to bridge the language gap.