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Interpreters and Translators

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • 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.
    • Adapt translations to students' cognitive and grade levels, collaborating with educational team members as necessary.
    • Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.
    • Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.
    • Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.
    • Check original texts or confer with authors to ensure that translations retain the content, meaning, and feeling of the original material.
    • Compile information on content and context of information to be translated and on intended audience.
    • Adapt software and accompanying technical documents to another language and culture.
    • Educate students, parents, staff, and teachers about the roles and functions of educational interpreters.
    • Proofread, edit, and revise translated materials.
    • Train and supervise other translators or interpreters.
    • Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.
    • Travel with or guide tourists who speak another language.
    • Discuss translation requirements with clients and determine any fees to be charged for services provided.

    Skills

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    0
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Foreign Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 2,370
    • Yearly Projected Openings 300

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    Personality

    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Self Control

    Tools

    • Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
    • Digital voice recorders
    • Desktop computers
    • Binoculars
    • Audio mixing consoles

    Technology

    • Web platform development software
    • Foreign language software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Dictionary software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
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