Interpreters and Translators

General Information

Description

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit40.98%
  2. Self-employed24.93%
  3. State and local government17.54%
  4. Private, not for profit9.26%
  5. Federal government7.08%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 24 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 10,400 openings for interpreters and translators are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$52,330

Military salary*

$72,912

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State-by-state Salary

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$76,830
$24,420
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 54%
  • Master's degree 27%
  • High school 8%
  • Associate's degree 4%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Knowledge

  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Clerical
  • Education and Training

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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