Sign Language Interpreter

Sign language interpreters are intermediaries between people with normal hearing and people that are hearing-impaired. They foster communication between these two groups by translating spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL) which is the standard language used by the deaf community in the United States. Using fingers hands and body motions sign language interpreters relay the content and feelings of a speaker as accurately as possible. When deaf individuals must respond the interpreter translates their sign language back into oral speech for the hearing person. Some hearing individuals are born into families with deaf members and become fluent in sign language at an early age. Those not already proficient in sign language can take classes at colleges universities or organizations for the deaf that offer training in ASL. According to the website careers.stateuniversity.com most employers prefer that their interpreters have certification. Certification is awarded by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) or the National Association of the Deaf to those who have worked as sign language interpreters for enough time that they are able to pass an evaluation. In some cases sign language interpreters specialize and become certified in the medical or legal fields. Sign language interpreters work in courtrooms churches schools hospitals or any other place where deaf individuals may need assistance. They are in great demand because the Americans with Disabilities Act makes it mandatory that businesses and public services provide accommodations for people with hearing problems. Some are employed by schools on a full-time basis but most sign language interpreters work on a freelance basis. The website careers.stateuniversity.com says that the job prospects for sign language interpreters are very good. The median hourly wage is $16.28 but it can range from $12 to $40.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $54080
High Salary: $83200
Low Salary: $24960
Tasks: Translates spoken words into sign language.
Relays information as accurately as possible.
Fosters communication between hearing and non-hearing people.
Uses silent lip movements to repeat spoken words.
Also Called: Oral Interpreter
Sign to Voice Interpreter
Lip Reader
Interpreter for the Deaf
Additional Resources: http://careers.stateuniversity.com/pages/137/Sign-Language-Oral-Interpreter.html
http://www.ehow.com/about_6394930_asl-interpreter-job-description.html
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/asl.asp