Occupational Outlook for translators and interpreters
Summary: By Bureau of Labor Statistics
|Quick Facts: Interpreters and Translators|
|2012 Median Pay||$45,430 per year
$21.84 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor’s degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||63,600|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||46% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||29,300|
Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.
Interpreters work in schools, hospitals, courtrooms, and conference centers. Many translators work from home. Self-employed interpreters and translators frequently have variable work schedules. Most interpreters and translators work full time during regular business hours.
Although interpreters and translators typically need at least a bachelor’s degree, the most important requirement is to have native-level fluency in English and at least one other language. Many complete job-specific training programs.
The median annual wage for interpreters and translators was $45,430 in May 2012.
Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 46 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increasing globalization and by large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States. Job prospects should be best for those who have professional certification.
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