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Related Jobs: Interpreters and Translators




Interpreters and translators use their multilingual skills, as do teachers of languages. These include teachers—preschool, kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary; teachers—postsecondary; teachers—special education; and teachers—adult literacy and remedial and self-enrichment education. The work of interpreters, particularly guide or escort interpreters, can be likened to that of tour and travel guides, in that they accompany individuals or groups on tours or to places of interest. Similarly, interpreters may share some common work characteristics with announcers, who also work in soundproof environments relaying information to listeners.

The work of translators is similar to that of writers and editors, in that they communicate information and ideas through the written word and prepare texts for publication or dissemination. Those working in localization of software have skills similar to those of computer software engineers, in that they analyze users’ needs and design, create, and modify computer software, and many possess strong programming skills. Furthermore, interpreters or translators working in a legal or healthcare environment are required to have a knowledge of terms and concepts that is similar to that of professionals working in these fields, such as court reporters or medical transcriptionists.