Considering the global nature of our current business climate, it may not be surprising to learn that one of the fastest-growing professions in the US is translation/interpreting. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that available jobs in this industry will increase by 42% within the ten-year period between 2010 and 2020. Although the expansion of this industry may not come as a surprise, the variety of jobs available is much broader than you may have thought. Just consider a few of the following unique careers for translators and interpreters.
Health Care Interpreters
If you are fluent in a language outside of English, and have background or a strong interest in the medical field, you might want to consider becoming a health care interpreter. The need for these professionals is on the rise in the US because of the increasing number of patients who speak little or no English (also referred to as LEP – or limited English proficiency – patients).
This profession offers sports fans a unique opportunity to make a living at something they truly enjoy. Typically hired by either universities or professional sports teams, sports recruiters are essentially talents scouts who search for gifted athletes who might be enticed to join the organization. A translator or interpreter entering this field must have more than just a strong interest in sports – he or she must also have excellent communication skills in a variety of languages since athletes are often recruited from other countries.
Because today’s marketplace truly is a global one for many businesses, people who are fluent in more than one language may want to consider entering into the marketing field. Professionals in this industry typically work for either marketing/advertising agencies, or for marketing departments within larger organizations. There is a need for multi-lingual professionals who are able to create ad and marketing copy that is effective in reaching potential customers in various countries around the world. It probably goes without saying that a translator/interpreter pursuing a career in marketing needs to have extremely strong written communication skills.
Speaking multiple languages is considered a real advantage for people interested in working as flight attendants. This is an excellent choice for people who love to travel and enjoy working with the general public. While this job will allow you to see the world (or at least some portions of it), it can involve long hours and may require a certain amount of patience when dealing with the occasional unruly passenger. People who pursue this career path do not necessarily have to have strong written communication skills in the languages they speak, but good conversational abilities are a must.
When it comes to job opportunities, the future looks bright for translators and interpreters. Chances are, you will find that your language skills are a true advantage in many different professions.