An interpreter's main duties are to translate information from one language to another and vice-versa. An associate's or bachelor's degree may be required for this position, though not necessarily. All interpreter/translator positions within the country require that the person be a legal citizen of the United States of America, and most positions also require that applicants have their own reliable method of transportation to get to work.
Some companies may require interpreters to work with other interpreters and double-check the work they have submitted to the company. In some cases, prior training is preferred, but not a strict requirement. Interpreters must also be able to translate texts and speak on behalf of a representative of a specific company or client.
Those in this position are responsible for ensuring that everyone is able to understand everyone else clearly and regardless of the language barrier. Depending on the employer, the work environment can vary, though it is usually an indoor office setting. Hours can vary depending on the company's needs; some companies may prefer interpreters to work full 40-hour work weeks, while others may employ them for ten or twenty hours per week.
Interpreter or Translator Tasks
- Translate or interpret written, oral, or sign language text into another language for others.
- Provide linguistic assistance to clients or associates.
- Proofread, edit, and revise translated materials.
- Assist in creating documents and presentation materials in foreign languages for meetings and general communications.