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Knowledge of one or more foreign languages can be useful in a wide range of careers. Language skills are
an essential requirement for some careers, such as translating, interpreting and language teaching. A
combination of languages and other qualifications can lead to success in a wide range of career options.

Translator
Translators will need an in-depth knowledge of one or more foreign languages and can find employment in
a range of fields, from business to government to self employed. A translator needs the ability to write
and express herself well in the target language. Specialist knowledge of other subjects, qualifications in
translation and membership in a professional association are also very useful.

Interpreting
There are mainly two types of interpreting. Simultaneous interpreting involves the interpreter listening to
speech/conversation and translating to another language simultaneously. The interpreters often work in
rotational teams with each individual interpreting for 15-20 minutes at a time. A consecutive interpreter
gives a translation after speakers have spoken; this type of translation occurs more widely at smaller
venues in all settings.

Interpreters must possess great language skills, good listening and memorization skills. A good knowledge
of the subjects under discussion is also essential.

Language teaching
Teaching overseas is a great opportunity for those who want to spend six months to several years abroad.
Knowledge of foreign languages can be useful when teaching a native language (i.e. English) to foreign
students, especially to beginners, but is not always required.


Important factors when considering a career in languages
   ●   Many interpreters and translators are self-employed. Start by submitting resumes and samples to
       translation and interpreting agencies.
   ●   Interpreting and translation work is often acquired by word of mouth or through referrals from
       existing clients.
   ●   There is currently no universal form of certification required of interpreters and translators in the
       United States. However there are a variety of different tests that can demonstrate proficiency,
       which may be helpful in gaining employment.
   ●   Many foreign language teaching opportunities do not require a teaching certificate.
   ●   Interpreters can often can also find positions in large organizations, such as the United Nations,
       and the government.
   ●   Translators are usually paid per word in the language they are translating from.

Resume tips
If you have strong language skills, consider highlighting your language skills section by moving it toward
the top of your resume. Highlight and list language-related experiences.

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Resources
American Translators Association
Career in Languages (Wake Forest University)
Careers using Languages
Online Occupational Handbook: Interpreters and Translators
Transitions Abroad
United Nations: Interpretation, Language Services, Exams

CWS Library
Going Global – Country Career Guides (Access in MyCWS in the Information Resources tab)
Spotlight on Careers: Teaching Overseas

Paths to employment
CIA Language Officer
English Program in Korea (EPIK)
French Cultural Services-English Assistantships in France
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships
The Jet Program (The Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program)
Peace Corps
U.S. Army Programs and Positions
U.S. Department of State, Office of Language Services




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