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Interpretation Services: Life of the Interpreter

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If you are looking to get into the language industry, becoming an interpreter is a great job to consider. Interpretation services offer many different job opportunities for people in the language industry, from on-site interpretation to phone interpretation. There are even jobs to be had in sign language interpretation for ASL applications. For those getting involved, it’s important to know what the life of an interpreter is like. In today’s blog post, Akorbi will give you some insight into the life of an interpreter.

How to Get Into Interpretation Services


To get into interpretation services, you will need to become a certified professional interpreter. To do that, there are a few important steps to take. Most professional interpreters have a bachelor’s degree. If you want to get more lucrative jobs in interpretation services, specifically jobs within the government, you will need a bachelor’s degree. While a degree in a foreign language isn’t necessarily required, it is a potential route. Regardless of your degree path, being fluent in multiple languages is the most important first step to becoming an interpreter. 

After you graduate with a degree, you will get formal interpreter training and take your interpreter’s test, certifying you to work in interpretation services. 

What to Expect As an Interpreter


Life of an interpreter can be hectic, depending on the job you get. In fact, for freelance interpreters, their work life might be different every day. Some interpreters are asked to interpret in different settings each day, perhaps assisting in a patient’s home, a courtroom, or a police station. It can be a challenging and high-stakes job. If you are working as an interpreter in the government or for a law firm, your ability to interpret accurately will be of the utmost importance. 

What Are the Perks of Being an Interpreter?


While interpretation careers come with demanding hours and high-stakes, they also come with some perks. For starters, many interpreters get to work overseas, meaning that they will get to travel a lot for their work and see the world. Government interpreters will have similar perks, getting to work alongside important figures on important projects. The demand for interpretation services is undeniable, and the benefits certainly outweigh the challenges.

Contact Akorbi for More Information


If you are looking for qualified interpretation services, Akorbi can help. For more information on what we do, give us a call at (214) 256-9222 or contact us online.

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