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Khaliuna shares her story about being a freelance Mongolian interpreter. PathSource caught up with her at a conference for interpreters and translators. She talks about what a typical day looks like and shares why she decided to go into this line of work. She advises anyone considering to go into this field to follow their dream. It's a great job!

Job Title: Mongolian Interpreter

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
$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
Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Public speaking ability, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, People skills

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m='18500'>if</span> <span m='18990'>I</span> <span m='19080'>am,</span> <span m='19616'>I</span> <span m='20290'>go</span> <span m='20680'>there</span> <span m='21110'>and</span> <span m='22730'>offer</span> <span m='23070'>services.</span> </p><p><span m='23510'>I</span> <span m='23950'>do</span> <span m='24090'>legal</span> <span m='24300'>interpreting</span> <span m='25270'>mostly.</span> <span m='26190'>I work</span> <span m='26650'>for courts.</span> <span m='28030'>Also,</span> <span m='28510'>I</span> <span m='28650'>do</span> <span m='28840'>the</span> <span m='28940'>physicians</span> <span m='30050'>and</span> <span m='30518'>I work</span> <span m='30986'>for</span> <span m='31454'>social</span> <span m='31922'>services.</span> <span m='32390'>Sometimes, I</span> <span m='32858'>go to</span> <span m='33794'>schools.</span> <span m='35200'>And</span> <span m='35530'>basically,</span> <span m='36440'>I</span> <span m='37398'>just</span> <span m='37877'>do</span> <span m='38835'>contract</span> <span m='39314'>interpreting</span> <span m='40272'>whenever</span> <span m='40751'>there's a</span> <span m='41230'>need of</span> <span m='41709'>a Mongolian</span> <span m='42188'>interpreter.</span> <span m='43146'>I</span> <span m='43625'>am</span> <span m='44104'>there</span> <span m='44583'>to help.</span> </p><p><span m='45062'>Actually,</span> <span m='47690'>back</span> <span m='48120'>in</span> <span m='48580'>Mongolia</span> <span m='49990'>I</span> <span m='50070'>was</span> <span m='50250'>a</span> <span m='50310'>lawyer.</span> <span m='51792'>So,</span> <span m='53010'>having</span> <span m='53400'>a</span> <span m='54270'>legal</span> <span m='54460'>background</span> <span m='55660'>kind</span> <span m='55850'>of</span> <span m='56020'>prompted</span> <span m='56425'>me,</span> <span m='57170'>after I</span> <span m='57330'>came</span> <span m='57860'>here,</span> <span m='60312'>to become</span> <span m='60776'>an interpreter</span> <span m='61240'>for</span> <span m='61704'>courts.</span> <span m='63096'>So</span> <span m='65110'>that's</span> <span m='65250'>what I do</span> <span m='65400'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='66290'>I</span> <span m='66440'>have</span> <span m='66780'>learned</span> <span m='67230'>a</span> <span m='67320'>lot</span> <span m='68410'>just</span> <span m='68865'>by working,</span> <span m='69990'>gaining</span> <span m='70300'>some</span> <span m='70500'>experience,</span> <span m='71290'>and</span> <span m='71400'>attending</span> <span m='72100'>conferences</span> <span m='72800'>like</span> <span m='73090'>that.</span> <span m='73385'>I'm</span> <span m='73680'>attending</span> <span m='74137'>a</span> <span m='75051'>conference</span> <span m='75508'>today.</span> <span m='77340'>And</span> <span m='77670'>just</span> <span m='77960'>keeping</span> <span m='78310'>up</span> <span m='80142'>with</span> <span m='80600'>information</span> <span m='81058'>and</span> <span 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