Language Interpreter And Translator in United States

at a Confidential Company

Linguistics / Translation
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 - 5 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female
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Job Description

Language Interpreter and Translator Job Description

*Interpreters and translators are responsible for facilitating cross-cultural communication through the process of converting one language into a different language.

*Along with simple translation they also relay ideas and concepts between different languages.

*To be successful in this profession, it is important to thoroughly understand the subject matter in which a translator or interpreter is working in order to convey information accurately.

*Furthermore, translators and interpreters must be culturally sensitive.

Duties and Responsibilities

*Although it is possible to translate as well as interpret, most people choose to specialize in either translating or interpreting.

*Interpreters handle spoken words while translators work with written words.

*Distinct skills are required for each task. For this reason some people tend to be better suited for either interpreting or translating.

*Translators tend to translate only into their native language.

*Interpreters frequently interpret into and from more than one language.

*An interpreter is responsible for converting a spoken language into another language. Attention to detail is crucial, along with understanding what is being communicated in both languages.

*Interpreters must be able to clearly express ideas and thoughts.

*Exceptional memory is important as well.

*Translators convert written words from one language into another language.

*They must have excellent analytical abilities and writing skills. In addition, they should have good editing skills.

*Translators must keep in mind cultural references that may need to be explained, including colloquialisms and slang as well as other expressions that may not be able to translate literally.

Translators may be needed in social services, education, business and entertainment.

*Interpreters and translators may work in a variety of different settings including hospitals, schools, conference centers and courtrooms.

*While interpreters may work with others, translators typically work alone.

*Interpreting and translating may require long hours that may sometimes be irregular.

Training and Education Requirements

*Translators and interpreters must be fluent in a minimum of two languages.

*Educational backgrounds can vary; but most often need a bachelor’s degree.

*Individuals interested in this career can prepare by taking classes that include foreign languages, English writing and comprehension and basic computer proficiency.

*It can also be helpful to spend some time abroad to engage in direct contact with a foreign culture.

*Extensive reading in more than one language can be helpful as well.

*Specialized training is also typically required.

*Formal programs in translation and interpretation are offered at colleges around the country.

*Individuals who work as conference interpreters or in technical areas, including engineering, localization or finance, often have master’s degrees.

*Experience is critical in this career field. Most companies require interpreters and translators to have a minimum of three years of experience or have a degree in translation studies.
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