The sign language interpreter provides translation into American Sign Language (ASL) for Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) individuals, as well as provides translation from these individuals into spoken English (or another language, depending on their specialty and audience). These interpreter can work in a variety of settings such as schools, offices, and conferences, among many others. Positions may be part time and full time, and the interpreter may work as an independent contractor. When employed in schools, the interpreter may translate teachers' speech into sign language for Deaf and HoH students and others (such as Deaf and HoH staff members) as needed. Other uses for interpreters include seminars, presentations, and emergency room interpretations for patients.
Sign Language Interpreter Tasks
Serve as liaison with non-hearing and hearing people in various business or social situations.
Provide information and orientation to non-hearing people in emergency situations.
Translate communications between hearing and non-hearing people using American Sign Language (ASL) and/or Signing Exact English (SEE).