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Translators focus on translating written materials, such as books, plays, technical or scientific papers, legal documents, laws, treaties, and decrees, from one language to another or multiple languages. There are approximately 49,650 translators and interpreters employed in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Literary Translators, Localization Translators, Sight Translators
Duties Convert written materials from one language to another
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Social Studies
Experience Three to five years experience
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Foreign Language
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Translator or Reviewer
  • Experienced Translator
  • Entry-Level Translator