The position of translator or interpreter requires someone with proficiency in at least two languages. A high school degree and/or a bachelor's degree, fluency in both languages, and additional courses focusing on translation skills are usually required. Interpreters and translators are required to have sufficient knowledge of the subject matter that they will be translating. For example, translators and interpreters often work in health care settings, where it is important to have an understanding of medical terminology in order to accurately assist doctors and patients.
Translators may translate oral speech, sign language or written materials from one language to another. Often, interpreters have to conduct a conversation between two parties and make sure that each knows what the other is trying to convey. These workers also translate speeches when some or all of the people in an audience do not understand the language of a speaker. Translators are sometimes required to help in the preparation of documents and presentation materials for various situations. They may have to completely translate a document, or proofread, edit and revise it in order to make it comprehensible to those who read it.
Interpreters and translators are sometimes needed in schools, as well as in diplomatic situations and corporate settings. They may be employed by an organization or can be hired to do work as an independent contractor. Interpreters and translators are often needed in corporate settings, particularly by international companies that have employees in multiple countries. They must make sure that individuals within a company can communicate efficiently. Interpreters and translators are also employed by companies that do business with foreign organizations.
Interpreter or Translator Tasks
- Proofread, edit, and revise translated materials.
- Assist in creating documents and presentation materials in foreign languages for meetings and general communications.
- Translate or interpret written, oral, or sign language text into another language for others.
- Provide linguistic assistance to clients or associates.