Interpreters & Translators

What They Do

Convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.



Typically need at least a bachelor’s degree, however the most important requirement is to have native-level proficiency in English and at least one other language.


What They Make

The median annual wage for interpreters and translators was $51,830 in 2019. 


Where They Work

  • Schools

  • Hospitals

  • Courtrooms

  • Meeting rooms

  • Conference centers

  • Translation and interpretation companies, individual organizations, or private clients

  • Remotely or self-employed


Career Outlook

Employment of interpreters and translators is projected to grow 20 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.




Updated February 2021