Translator Occupation, Job and Career

Translator Nature of Work

Translators convert written documents from one language to another while maintaining the precise meaning of the original text. Interpreters translate oral communication from one language to another during speeches, meetings, conferences, debates and conversation, or in court or before administrative tribunals. Translators are employed by government, private translation and interpretation agencies, in-house translation services, large private corporations, international organizations and the media, or they may be self-employed.

Translator Work Conditions

Translators usually work alone, and they must frequently perform under pressure of deadlines and tight schedules. Many translators choose to work at home; however, technology allows translators to work from virtually anywhere.

Translator Personal Requirements

  • able to work accurately and objectively
  • broad general knowledge
  • excellent command of English and ability to learn at least one other language
  • initiative and good at research
  • understanding and acceptance of different cultures

Translator Employment Requirements

  • A university degree in translation with a specialization in translation in two languages or
  • A university degree in a related discipline such as languages, linguistics, philology and courses in linguistic transfer and two years' experience as a full-time translator working in two languages
  • Five years' experience as a full-time translator working in two languages
  • Certification or examination by the Translator’s Council may be required for translators
  • Membership in an association of translators may be required.

Translators Duties and Tasks

Translators may perform the following tasks:

  • make sure that phraseology and terminology in legal, technical and scientific texts is accurately translated
  • revise translations done by others
  • study the original text to understand the meaning and convert it into another language to convey the original meaning, spirit and feeling
  • supply subtitles for foreign films and television programs
  • translate a wide range of written material, including business letters, application forms, literature and very detailed scientific articles
  • use dictionaries and other sources to determine meanings of words and phrases and to establish their closest equivalent in the target language

Translator Example Titles

  • Literary Translators
  • Translator-Revisers

Translator Related Occupations

  • Authors and Writers
  • Language Instructors
  • Linguists

Translator Related Industries

All private and public industries i.e.

Translator Related Resumes


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