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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

And you don’t believe that translation is one of the 50 Best Careers of 2011

Alexis Grant has written an article on Best Careers 2011: Interpreter/Translator.
The main ideas of this article are listed below.
Interpreters and translators specialize in a variety of fields, including medical, judiciary, literary, or sign-language. About a quarter are self-employed, and many translators work from home.
Excellent outlook for translators but  prospects vary by language.
 Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to increase 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.
 Urban areas, especially Washington, D.C., New York, and cities in California, provide the most employment possibilities, especially for interpreters.
Languages in demand include Spanish,  Asian languages—Chinese, Korean, and Japanese—as well as Arabic, Farsi, and indigenous African languages.  European languages like French, Italian, and German.
 In 2009, the median annual salary was $40,860, and the median hourly wage, $19.65. Interpreters and translators in the bottom 10 percent earned less than $22,810, while those in the top 10 percent earned more than $74,150.

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