Some Good News for translators in the U.S.

by Barbara McClintock, Certified Translator

Much faster than average job growth outlook

The CareerBuilder website states that translation and interpretation services is the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. and that approximately 12,400 jobs will be added between 2014 and 2019, a 36% increase. It should be noted, however, that most translators and interpreters in the U.S. work on a freelance basis.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts a whopping 46% increase in translation job opportunities between 2012 and 2022. In the U.S., the median salary was $45,430 or $21.84 per hour in 2012. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the following facts: entry-level education is a Bachelor’s degree, the number of jobs is 63,600 (2012), and there is a “much faster than average” job outlook. The website lists a number of resources for translators and interpreters.

Every word counts

An article posted on the Fusion website on June 9, entitled Why Translation is the Fastest Growing Industry in the Country, explains that there are two reasons for the translation industry’s growth: businesses expanding into new markets, and increasing immigration into the U.S. Fusion author Casey Tolan interviewed several industry leaders. The consensus was that machine translation tools are an opportunity, not a challenge.

There’s a lot of hard work that goes into translation. Automatic translation software can provide a very rough translation so you can understand the overall meaning or gist, but it needs a human reviewer because “every word counts.”

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