Sign Language and Oral Interpreters

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that employment for interpreters and translators, including sign language and oral interpreters, is expected to grow much faster than the average for all careers through 2022. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, "demand for American Sign Language interpreters is expected to grow rapidly, driven by the increasing use of video relay services, which allow people to conduct online video calls and use a sign language interpreter." Additionally, legislation enacted over the last 20 years has increased demand for interpreters. More deaf students are getting a postsecondary education because of access to classroom interpreters. The elderly population is growing as well, a population threatened with a number of disorders that can lead to hearing impairment. Society recognizes the need to involve more deaf people in the larger community and to pay more attention to deaf culture.


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