February Portable Career Idea | Interpreter and Translator

February Portable Career Snapshot


Title: Interpreter and Translator


Why it’s a Good Fit For Military Spouses: According to Onetonline.org, Translator and Interpreter jobs are expected to grow at a rate that is much faster than the national average between now and 2020. Rapid growth is one one potential indicator of a portable career (other indicators include but are not limited to: most openings, state growth, and competition).

If this type of profession interests you, it is best to start any necessary training now so that you are qualified as soon as positions become available.


Typical Tasks (from OnetOnline.org):

  • Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
  • Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
  • Listen to speakers’ statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.
  • Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.
  • Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.
  • Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.
  • Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.
  • Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.
  • Train and supervise other translators or interpreters.
  • Educate students, parents, staff, and teachers about the roles and functions of educational interpreters.

Education Needed: Most of the jobs require a four-year degree, but some do not. The majority of individuals in such positions have a Bachelor’s degree.

National Average Income: $21.23 hour or $44,160 annually


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Not sure if being an Interpreter or Translator would be a good fit for you? Your personality, skills, interests and values all determine whether a career will be a good match. Portability is just one aspect of finding a job that will fulfill you. If you are feeling confused about how to find and create a career you love and that travels with you, try a Career Strategy Session for free by ! You will spend approximately 45 minutes discussing your situation and end the call with at least 3 action steps you can implement immediately to move closer to your goals.



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