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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Interpreter field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33840Medical Interpreter (Spanich/EnglishFemale45 $39,000chicago, IL01/01/2010

Overview

It is the job of an interpreter to convert one language into a different language. Before we dig any deeper, it is first important to note the difference between an interpreter and a translator. Interpreters deal with spoken words or sign language, while translators assist with the written language.

Becoming a professional interpreter can be a very involved process. The first prerequisite for pursuing this career path is the ability to speak both English and another language fluently. While a formal education is not necessarily imperative for interpreters, undergraduate or graduate degrees can only aid an individual?s understanding of another language. There are also organizations like the International Association of Conference Interpreters that offer additional certifications.

Interpreters can work in a variety of settings and situations, including courtrooms, hospitals, schools, conference centers, law enforcement offices, and more. Many interpreters who work from home as well. For those who are considering this profession, there is no time like the present. With individuals traveling more than ever and the increasing numbers of non-English individuals in the U.S., interpreters can expect to stay busy.

To learn more about what it?s really like to work as an interpreter, check out the career profiles below. We interviewed real professionals to better understand why they chose this profession and what they have to say about working as an interpreter.


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