Professional Translator

At A-Sign Interpreters we provide professional translators for all kinds of settings. If your business needs a professional translator, please fill out an interpreter request form.

How to Become a Professional Translator

There are several ways to become a professional translator. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, states that one way to become a professional translator is to learn a foreign language while in high school or college. In certain fields, translators also need a degree, such as a master’s, or job training. Many sign language interpreters precede their professional career by training at Interpreter Training Programs at colleges or universities in order to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be a sign language interpreting professional.

Certification and language proficiency tests are other ways to become a translator. The OOH states that there is no universal certification. Federal courts also provide certification. Several places that offer certification: the American Translator’s Association, the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators, and the International Medical Interpreters Association. Several language proficiency tests, such as the JapaneseLanguage Proficiency Test and the Arabic Language Proficiency Test.

Settings for a Professional Translator

Work such as internships or entry-level jobs will lead to better jobs. They also lead to recommendations and translation samples. Possible sources of new work are local businesses and groups. Offering more services will also bring in more work. Some clients hire people willing to work weekends, rush jobs, or nights. Translators should keep marketing and join translator associations.

Professional translators travel often. They often work indoors in a variety of places: schools, courtrooms, hospitals, government, police stations, and many other places, according to OOH. Self-employed translators might have little work, or they might have to work long hours with deadlines, and irregular schedules give them time to explore hobbies.