The translation industry has experienced growth despite worldwide economic instability since 2008. The increase in the demand of professional translation services is high. A report from Research and Markets states that buyers still prefer human translation over machine translation, and this trend is expected to continue during the forecast period of 2015-2020. According to Ibis World industry reports, over these five years industry revenue increased at an annualized rate of 1.5% to $5.5 billion. And, as The Economist reports, far from replacing humans, technology provides tools that help translators keep up with surging demand for high-quality translation.
International Translation Day is celebrated every year on 30 September on the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators. Officially since 1991, celebration of the day has been promoted by the International Federation of Translators. Many aspects of the work of translators and interpreters have changed since the day was instituted. But the core principle remains the same: to provide a bridge between people who speak different languages. And to do so requires extraordinary linguistic skills, training, professional standards and a passion for language.
Our profession has been pivoting rapidly to keep up with changing realities and expectations, and the importance of our work to ensure clear information reaches everyone and overcome language barriers – both global and local – has been highlighted in unprecedented ways this year. As the poster produced to celebrate translators this year points out, our job is Finding the words for a world in crisis.
We at International Contact, Inc. celebrate all translators in the profession we dedicate our working life to, which currently serves such a demanding role!