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Interpreters and Translators

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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 profit37.61%
  2. Self-employed26.58%
  3. State and local government18.70%
  4. Private, not for profit12.26%
  5. Federal government4.40%

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

Industry areas

  • Education & Training

Job Outlook

Projected Job Growth (2022 - 2032)
+4%
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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$53,640

Military salary*

$79,476

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State-by-state Salary

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$75,770
$25,760
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Education & Interests

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%

PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS

You may find this career fulfilling if you consider yourself to be:

  • Artistic — You have an interest in creating visual artwork, performances, written works, food or music.
  • Social — You have an interest in helping, teaching, advising, assisting or providing service to others.

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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

Knowledge

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

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