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CERTIFIED TRANSLATOR: I Grew Up Bilingual Which Was Very Helpful

About this video 

Dorothee shares her story about being a certified English/German translator. (A translator is a person who takes written words in one language and translates them into another language). She shares what her day looks like, and talks about the tools she uses in her job. She shares how she got into this line of work and says that growing up speaking German helped her in her career path. She also provides advice to those considering going into this line of work -- being bilingual is helpful but it's not enough to be a successful translator.

Degree: Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Job Title: Certified Translator

Job Summary: Interpreters and Translators

Job Description

Interpreters and translators convert information from one language to another. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language, translators in written language.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Although degree of study may vary, interpreters and translators generally need specialized training, available at colleges and universities nationwide and through training programs, conferences, and courses.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the American Translators Association.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $90,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
40 to 50 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Remote, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Public speaking ability

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m='12220'>texts</span> <span m='12560'>come</span> <span m='12840'>into</span> <span m='13180'>my</span> <span m='13330'>computer</span> <span m='13660'>over</span> <span m='13990'>the</span> <span m='14150'>internet</span> <span m='15390'>in</span> <span m='15600'>one</span> <span m='16000'>language,</span> <span m='16570'>and</span> <span m='16840'>I</span> <span m='17180'>work</span> <span m='17470'>on</span> <span m='17590'>them</span> <span m='17740'>on</span> <span m='17860'>my</span> <span m='17990'>computer</span> <span m='18480'>and</span> <span m='18610'>send</span> <span m='18850'>them</span> <span m='18960'>back</span> <span m='19270'>in</span> <span m='19340'>another</span> <span m='19670'>language.</span> </p><p><span m='20425'>A</span> <span m='20710'>typical day</span> <span m='20860'>means</span> <span m='21460'>I</span> <span m='21660'>get</span> <span m='21820'>up.</span> <span m='23010'>A</span> <span m='23150'>lot</span> <span m='23650'>of my</span> <span m='24150'>customers</span> <span m='24480'>are</span> <span m='24640'>in</span> <span m='24955'>Europe, so</span> <span m='25270'>early</span> <span m='25560'>in</span> <span m='25640'>the</span> <span m='25720'>morning,</span> <span m='26070'>when</span> <span m='26290'>I</span> <span m='26380'>open</span> <span m='26750'>up</span> <span m='26960'>my</span> <span m='27540'>inbox,</span> <span m='28140'>and</span> <span m='28340'>there's the</span> <span m='28750'>first</span> <span m='29050'>orders</span> <span m='29500'>that</span> <span m='29670'>have</span> <span m='29900'>come</span> <span m='30130'>in,</span> <span m='30280'>because</span> <span m='30580'>of</span> <span m='30650'>the</span> <span m='30760'>time</span> <span m='31060'>difference.</span> <span m='32119'>So</span> <span m='32280'>I</span> <span m='32380'>look</span> <span m='32580'>at</span> <span m='32720'>documents</span> <span m='33340'>that</span> <span m='33490'>were</span> <span m='33640'>sent</span> <span m='33890'>to</span> <span m='33990'>me,</span> <span m='34260'>and</span> <span m='34460'>I</span> <span m='34540'>find</span> <span m='34870'>out,</span> <span m='35180'>well,</span> <span m='35560'>can</span> <span m='35860'>I</span> <span m='35940'>handle</span> <span m='36360'>it</span> <span m='36470'>in</span> <span m='36590'>the</span> <span m='36700'>time frame</span> <span m='37240'>that</span> <span m='37360'>they</span> <span m='37500'>want?</span> <span m='37760'>Is this</span> <span m='38020'>the</span> <span m='38310'>right</span> <span m='38530'>material?</span> </p><p><span m='39840'>And</span> <span m='40130'>so</span> <span m='40450'>I</span> <span m='40880'>process</span> <span m='41175'>the</span> <span m='41470'>orders,</span> <span m='41882'>and</span> <span m='42294'>I</span> <span m='42706'>confirm.</span> <span m='43530'>And</span> <span m='43810'>that</span> <span m='44070'>builds</span> <span m='44550'>my</span> <span m='44700'>day,</span> <span m='45090'>builds</span> <span m='45400'>my</span> <span m='45710'>schedule</span> <span m='46010'>for the</span> <span m='46110'>day.</span> <span m='47030'>And</span> <span m='47260'>then,</span> <span m='47510'>I</span> <span m='47720'>get</span> <span m='47920'>started.</span> <span m='48400'>And</span> <span m='48880'>I translate</span> <span m='49360'>those materials.</span> <span m='50580'>I</span> <span m='50720'>look</span> <span m='51080'>things</span> <span m='51290'>up in</span> <span m='51660'>dictionaries.</span> <span m='52570'>A</span> <span m='52760'>lot</span> <span m='53190'>of</span> <span m='53440'>the</span> <span m='54090'>resources</span> <span m='54690'>are</span> <span m='54720'>now</span> <span m='54980'>online.</span> <span m='56258'>So</span> <span m='56736'>I</span> <span m='57214'>look up</span> <span m='57692'>references,</span> <span m='59370'>terminology,</span> <span m='60940'>vocabulary,</span> <span m='61890'>and</span> <span m='62060'>I</span> <span m='62450'>translate</span> <span m='62740'>the</span> <span m='62930'>documents.</span> <span m='63250'>Then</span> <span m='63600'>I</span> <span m='63900'>print</span> <span m='64410'>them</span> <span m='64560'>out,</span> <span m='64920'>and</span> <span m='65040'>I</span> <span m='65349'>edit</span> <span m='65740'>my</span> <span m='65920'>own work</span> <span m='66290'>to</span> <span m='66660'>make</span> <span m='66880'>sure</span> <span m='67030'>there's</span> <span m='67425'>no</span> <span m='67820'>mistakes</span> <span m='68380'>in</span> <span m='68520'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='69095'>I</span> <span m='69550'>studied</span> <span m='70005'>German</span> <span m='70460'>in</span> <span m='71080'>university.</span> <span m='72080'>I also</span> <span m='72520'>grew</span> <span m='72750'>up</span> <span m='72920'>bilingual,</span> <span m='73660'>which</span> <span m='73890'>was</span> <span m='74030'>helpful.</span> <span m='75150'>So</span> <span m='75380'>I</span> 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m='88400'>in</span> <span m='89030'>two</span> <span m='89240'>languages,</span> <span m='89840'>and</span> <span m='90070'>actually</span> <span m='90200'>studied</span> <span m='90880'>it</span> <span m='92870'>as</span> <span m='93315'>a</span> <span m='93760'>foundation</span> <span m='94430'>for</span> <span m='94865'>the work</span> <span m='95300'>I do.</span> <span m='97040'>So</span> <span m='97230'>anyone</span> <span m='97510'>that</span> <span m='97750'>wanted</span> <span m='98020'>to</span> <span m='98100'>get</span> <span m='98300'>into</span> <span m='98650'>it</span> <span m='99000'>would</span> <span m='99200'>have</span> <span m='99480'>to</span> <span m='100500'>make</span> <span m='100660'>sure</span> <span m='100800'>that</span> <span m='100960'>they're</span> <span m='101080'>bilingual</span> <span m='101780'>but</span> <span m='101990'>also</span> <span m='102240'>that</span> <span m='102420'>they</span> <span m='102650'>really</span> <span 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