Individuals that are fluent in more than one spoken language and are interested in helping people who speak different languages to communicate with one another can work as professional interpreters. Interpreters convert spoken communications from one language to another as opposed to translators who convert written information from one language to another. Interpreters must listen to statements that are spoken by someone in one language and make sure they both understand and remember the content. Then they reproduce the spoken statements in another language making sure they perform the necessary analysis to ensure that the new version conveys an accurate interpretation of the statement as it was originally spoken. In some cases interpretation is one-way meaning that the interpreter translates from one original language to a second target language. In other cases the interpretation goes back and forth. According to the website there are two types of interpreters. Simultaneous interpreters convert statements from one language to another as they are being spoken which makes speed an important factor. In contrast consecutive interpreters wait until the speaker of the first language has completed a statement before converting it to the second spoken language so memory plays an important role. The website says that interpreters are often employed at conferences and formal meetings but they are also needed at police interviews court proceedings as well as in medical and social service settings. Interpreters need a college degree and must be fluent in the languages they will be interpreting. The employment prospects for interpreters are very good especially if they are fluent in at least three languages and if their expertise is in languages that few others know in countries such as the United States. The website says that the average annual salary is approximately $41000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $41000
High Salary: $43000
Low Salary: $39000
Tasks: Converts one language into another.
Translates statements made at conferences and formal meetings.
Takes notes to aid memory.
Completes simultaneous, consecutive or sign language interpretation.
Also Called: Translator
Simultaneous Interpreter
Consecutive Interpreter
Literary Translator
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