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American Sign Language - Interpreter Training: Careers

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Summary of Career Info


Quick Facts: Interpreters and Translators
2021 Median Pay $49,110 per year
$23.61 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2020 81,400
Job Outlook, 2020-30 24% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2020-30 19,300

What Interpreters and Translators Do

Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.

Work Environment

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.

How to Become an Interpreter or Translator

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 $49,110 in May 2021.

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. Job prospects should be best for those who have professional certification.

State & Area Data

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Similar Occupations

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about interpreters and translators by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Interpreters and Translators, 
on the Internet at (visited May 5, 2022).

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