Job Spotlight: Translator/Interpreter

Explore a career as a translator!

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.



In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re learning what it means to be a translator/interpreter.


Required Education: Generally, a bachelor’s degree, although it’s not always required.



Although pay varies depending on multiple factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), translators/interpreters can earn a median of $52,330 per year.


What Translators/Interpreters Do:

Translators and interpreters deal with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Converting written or spoken words from one language to another.
  • Managing tight schedules and deadlines.
  • For interpreters, conveying tone and general attitude.
  • Researching and preparing for specific subjects or topics prior to translating.


What Companies Look for in Translators/Interpreters:

Every position is different, but many institutions need the following skills and attributes:

  • Fluency in two or more languages.
  • Strong public speaking and/or writing skills.
  • Strong listening and comprehension skills.
  • Ability to prepare technical writing samples.
  • Knowledge of the specific industry being interviewed for.


Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about translator/interpreter jobs in your area or your job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.


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