September 30th is International Translation Day around the world and this year we’re highlighting translation as a great career choice. Here’s why you should join the ranks of International Translators:
The market for translation is growing at 8% on a worldwide scale. Bilingual speakers working for U.S. corporations and government agencies often receive extra compensation in return for their language skills.
International Contact is a multi-language communication agency that works in all disciplines with foreign language needs. The company offers a wide array of services from telephonic and video interpretation, live events to materials needed to support a foreign language communication strategy like websites, brochures, market surveys, contract communication, etc.
“A translator can make six figures if they are highly specialized,” says Carla itzkowich, president of International Contact. “Speaking two languages is already an achievement, but being able to actually write and understand concepts in both languages, and specializing in semiconductors or healthcare, for example, will make the individual quite unique and sought after.”
Translators tend to work on their own with their computer and they can work from anywhere as long as they have a good internet connection. They usually charge by the word and today, they can be aided by computer technology that automates processes while still producing a human translation.
“Sure, machines are crowding our space,” says Cipriano Castilla who translates for a living. “They’re becoming better and there are ways in which you can use machine translation to produce accurate communications. Fortunately for those getting into the field, there is a greater need for translation every day and machines won’t actually take over our jobs at least for another 10 or 20 years.”
So while we include machines in our ”hooray for translators” on this Translators’ Day, we still celebrate the human translators; people with the ability to make the required pathways in their brains, and bring us understandable, clear and compelling representations from one language into another.