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Sign Language Interpreter

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Sydney Castaneda

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Sign Language Interpreter
sources Used
Final Thoughts
Lamar University

What They Do
Must be able to speak, read, and write fluently in at least two languages, including English and one or more other languages.
Be able to communicate the style and tone of the original language from one person or group to another.
Manage work schedules to meet deadlines
Translate spoken messages accurately, quickly, and clearly.
Interpreters work in spoken or sign language for people who are deaf or have a hard time hearing.
Where & How
they Work
Interpreters work in locations such as schools, hospitals, courtrooms, and conference centers.
At the same time interpreting can be stressful, as the interpreter must keep up with the speaker who may not know to slow down when an interpreter is there.
Self-employed interpreters often have unpredictable work schedules, which may include periods of limited work and periods of long, uneven hours.
They must sometimes travel to different places.
Education &
The educational backgrounds of interpreters range widely, but it is required that they be fluent in English and at least one other language.
Interpreters normally need at least a bachelor’s degree.
High school students interested in becoming an interpreter should take a broad range of courses that focus on English writing and comprehension, foreign languages, and computer proficiency.
Sign language interpreters must be able to make quick and coordinated hand, finger, and arm movements when interpreting.
Through community organizations, students interested in sign language interpreting may take introductory classes in American Sign Language (ASL) and seek out volunteer opportunities to work with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Sign language interpreter
Sydney-jade Castaneda
Wages depend on the language, specialty, skill, experience, education, and certification of the interpreter, as well as on the type of employer that person is.
Wages of interpreters range widely between the median annual wages of $40,130-$43,260.
Job Outlook
Yes, because American Sign Language interpreters are expected to grow rapidly, directed by the increasing use of video communicating services, which allow people to manage online video calls and use a sign language interpreter.
Lamar University
Cost of School
Beaumont, Texas
Programs of Study offered: Arts and Science, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, and Fine Arts and Communication
Organizations: Deaf Cardinals and Signing Cardinals
LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Lamar university is a member of The Texas State University System
Founded since 1996
A completed undergraduate application submitted through the statewide Apply Texas system and a SAT or ACT score sent to Lamar University by the testing agency.
A high school transcript showing class size and class rank.
Receive a diploma from an accredited high school

Complete at least 14 high school credits in college preparatory courses: 4 credits in English, 3 credits in mathematics, 2 credits in laboratory sciences, 2 ½ credits in social sciences (U.S. history, U.S. government, and world history or world geography) and 2 ½ credits in college preparatory electives (preferably including 2 credits of foreign language).
Your Monthly Expenses Beaumont
Housing $624
Utilities $431
Food $300
Transportation $733
Clothes $150
Health Care $168
Personal $175
Entertainment $25
Misc $550
Savings $316
Student Debt Loan $155
Monthly Expenses $3,627
Annual Expenses $43,520

Taxes (25% of Annual Expenses) $10,880
Annual Salary Needed $54,400

Reality Check
"Texas Reality Check." Texas Reality Check. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 May 2014. <http://www.texasrealitycheck.com/>.
"Lamar University." - Texas. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 May 2014. <http://www.lamar.edu/>.
"Summary." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, n.d. Web. 9 May 2014. <http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/interpreters-and-translators.htm>.
"Kuder Navigator - Career Assessment, Education and Career Planning, Career Development." Kuder Navigator - Career Assessment, Education and Career Planning, Career Development. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 May 2014. <http://www.kudernavigator.com/>.
What cluster(s) does this career fall into?
Education & Training.

What things did you like about the career you chose?
Sign Language is fun for me to learn and memorize; especially when I do sign language with songs.

What didn’t you like so much about the career you researched?
Nothing, really; if i didn't like it I wouldn't be trying to become a sign language teacher for children.

What makes this career attractive to you?
The different hand gestures you use when doing it, it just catches my eye and makes me so memorized.

Will you be able to live on the salary for your occupation? Why or why not?
No, I wouldn't be able to live off my salary for my occupation since it's a little bit too much money.

Typical Room & Board $7,716
Typical Cost of Books $1,520
In-state Tuition & Fees $8,544

Total Cost: 17,780
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