Quick Facts: Interpreters and Translators
|2020 Median Pay||$52,330 per year
$25.16 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Bachelor's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2019||77,400|
|Job Outlook, 2019-29||20% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2019-29||15,500|
Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.
Interpreters work in settings such as schools, hospitals, courtrooms, meeting rooms, and conference centers. Some work for translation and interpretation companies, individual organizations, or private clients. Many translators also work remotely. Self-employed interpreters and translators frequently have variable work schedules. Most interpreters and translators work full time during regular business hours.
Although interpreters and translators typically need at least a bachelor’s degree, the most important requirement is to have native-level proficiency in English and at least one other language.
The median annual wage for interpreters and translators was $52,330 in May 2020.
Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 20 percent from 2019 to 2029 much faster than the average for all occupations. Globalization and large increases in the number of non-English-speaking people in the United States will drive employment growth. Job prospects should be best for those who have professional certification.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Interpreters and Translators,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/interpreters-and-translators.htm (visited January 6, 2021).