Interpretors and translators handle a variety of material including literature, technical and scientific documents, speeches, laws and government publications. Interpreters work in sound proof booths equiped with earphones and provide interpretation either simultaneously or consecutively. Essential qualities in this profession includ above-average writing skills and the ability to work with tight deadlines. Many translators and interpreters work on a part-time basis.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Many employers now require a university degree in translation, which takes three or four years. In general, applicants must have a high school diploma with good grades in English, French, the humanities and social sciences. Sometimes, specialized knowledge in a field, such as medicine or engineering, helps the translator or interpreter. Some firms provide additional on-the-job training.
$38,000 to $45,000