Interpreters and Translators
On the Job
Interpreters and Translators translate messages into a specified language. (This could include sign language.) They may use electronic listening systems.
Typical Work Tasks
People who work in this career often:
- Translate information for others.
- Conduct research to inform art, designs, or other work.
- Provide educational information to the public.
- Confer with clients to determine needs.
- Compile technical information or documentation.
- Verify accuracy of data.
- Edit written materials.
- Train others on work processes.
Typical Working Conditions
- Frequent contact with others.
- The importance of being accurate or exact.
- Freedom to make decisions without supervision.
- Working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions.
- Working with a group or team.
- Exposure to sounds or noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable.
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