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The Field of Interpretation
Transcript of The Field of Interpretation
Types include conference interpreters and court interpreters
Main types of interpretation: simultaneous and consecutive
Most interpreters work freelance, or
work full-time for large organizations
through agencies on short-term contracts
Staff interpreters' working hours are long and irregular
Median salary is around $44000
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1. Study for a bachelor’s in interpretation or translation
2. Study for a bachelor’s, then a master’s in conference interpreting
Education and Training
number of spoken
Fluency in at least two languages
An understanding of current affairs
Strong general knowledge
Pro-bono work is interpreting for the community, for free or at reduced wages
Pro-bono work is important to
gain more work experience
Earnings and Working conditions
Preparing a variety of new topics
Meeting interesting clients
Constantly learning new things
Challenge of providing good communication
Interpreters work in conferences or courtrooms
Simultaneous interpreters work in glass booths
Consecutive interpreters stand close to the speaker
Requires high concentration and little room for error
Constantly need to master new subjects
Cannot control the delivery speed or topics
Must work extremely long hours
Future trends and self-employment options
Many interpreters work freelance
Staff interpreters must have years of experience
May become interpreter trainers
Fluent in at least two languages
Concise and communicate efficiently and effectively
Many interpreters start out doing translation work
Interpreters learn to manage stress
Interpretation expected to increase 22 percent over next decade
By: Xiaoxiao Li