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Interpreters and Translators

Interpreters and Translators
Quick Facts : Interpreters and Translators*
2010 Median Pay$43,300
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201258,400
Job Outlook42% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change24,600


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

What Interpreters and Translators 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.
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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.
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Pay

The median annual wage of interpreters and translators was $43,300 in May 2010.
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Interpreters and Translators*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Interpreters and Translators

43300

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

46336.5217

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Interpreters and Translators*
Percent Change in Employment

Interpreters and Translators

42.1233

Arts, Design, Sports & Media Occupations

10.973478021530005

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Interpreters and Translators

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.  
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