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TECHNICAL TRANSLATOR, IN-DEPTH: Specialize In A Field That Really Interests You

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Francisco goes in-depth with his story about being a technical translator. He shares what he likes most about his job: learning! He also describes the challenges in his line of work and how new technology is directly affecting the profession.

School: Universidad de Caracas ; Universidad de Caracas - San Francisco State University
Job Title: Technical 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
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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='27640'>works</span> <span m='28140'>in</span> <span m='28310'>order</span> <span m='28840'>to</span> <span m='28930'>defend</span> <span m='29590'>yourself,</span> <span m='30560'>in</span> <span m='30910'>order</span> <span m='31120'>to</span> <span m='32549'>defend</span> <span m='33810'>good</span> <span m='34070'>practice.</span> <span m='35680'>And</span> <span m='37220'>in</span> <span m='37380'>order</span> <span m='37520'>for</span> <span m='37620'>you</span> <span m='37760'>to</span> <span m='37870'>do</span> <span m='38120'>that,</span> <span m='38440'>you need</span> <span m='38620'>to</span> <span m='38670'>be</span> <span m='38860'>aware</span> <span m='40030'>of</span> <span m='40280'>what</span> <span m='40790'>these,</span> <span m='42960'>quote</span> <span m='43230'>unquote,</span> <span m='43710'>\"power</span> <span m='44080'>relationships,\"</span> <span m='46360'>how</span> <span m='46690'>do they</span> <span m='47600'>operate</span> <span m='47870'>and</span> <span m='50330'>who's</span> <span m='50690'>at</span> <span m='50820'>play</span> <span m='51135'>in</span> <span m='51450'>them.</span> <span m='52510'>And</span> <span m='52750'>then</span> <span m='53290'>once</span> <span m='53740'>you</span> <span m='54170'>have</span> <span m='54420'>a</span> <span m='57480'>more</span> <span m='57710'>or</span> <span m='57730'>less</span> <span m='58000'>clear</span> <span m='58250'>understanding</span> <span m='58880'>of</span> <span m='58990'>that,</span> <span m='59690'>you're</span> <span m='59860'>in</span> <span m='59940'>a</span> <span m='59990'>better</span> <span m='60210'>position</span> <span m='60700'>to</span> <span m='63460'>be</span> <span m='64040'>more</span> <span m='64700'>sure-footed</span> <span m='65530'>in</span> <span m='66100'>the</span> <span m='66180'>way</span> <span m='66360'>you</span> <span m='66500'>practice</span> <span m='66780'>your</span> <span m='67060'>profession.</span> </p><p><span m='68080'>I've</span> <span m='68420'>always</span> <span m='68770'>been</span> <span m='69860'>independent</span> <span m='70220'>in</span> <span m='70830'>the</span> <span m='70920'>way</span> <span m='71350'>I do things.</span> <span m='72260'>So</span> <span m='72580'>I</span> <span m='73170'>feel</span> <span m='73670'>more</span> <span m='73930'>comfortable</span> <span m='76220'>working</span> <span m='76600'>by</span> <span m='78250'>myself</span> <span m='82130'>as</span> <span m='82260'>opposed</span> <span m='82680'>to</span> <span m='82810'>being</span> <span m='83150'>part</span> <span m='83430'>of</span> <span m='83840'>a</span> <span m='84670'>vertical</span> <span m='85640'>structure.</span> <span m='86530'>And</span> <span m='86700'>no,</span> <span m='86890'>it's</span> <span m='87170'>not.</span> <span m='87710'>But</span> <span m='88410'>probably</span> <span m='88765'>a</span> <span m='89180'>better</span> <span m='89470'>question</span> <span m='89850'>would</span> <span m='90040'>be,</span> <span m='90355'>is it</span> <span m='93150'>remunerative</span> <span m='95070'>well</span> <span m='95450'>enough</span> <span m='96080'>to</span> <span m='96820'>become</span> <span m='97150'>a</span> <span m='97360'>translator?</span> </p><p><span m='98970'>There's</span> <span m='99300'>a</span> <span m='99350'>lot</span> <span m='99570'>of</span> <span m='100130'>demand</span> <span m='100700'>for</span> <span m='100940'>our</span> <span m='101100'>services.</span> <span m='101952'>But</span> <span m='102380'>at</span> <span m='102560'>the</span> <span m='102620'>same</span> <span m='102900'>time,</span> <span m='103210'>there</span> <span m='103410'>is</span> <span m='103560'>a</span> <span m='103620'>lot</span> <span m='103860'>of</span> <span m='104200'>new</span> <span m='104430'>technologies</span> <span m='105290'>that</span> <span m='105440'>are</span> <span m='106420'>encroaching</span> <span m='107550'>on</span> <span m='107680'>the</span> <span m='108500'>capability</span> <span m='109230'>of</span> <span m='109550'>flesh</span> <span m='109890'>and</span> <span m='110230'>blood</span> <span m='110500'>translators</span> <span m='111180'>to</span> <span m='111290'>make</span> <span m='111570'>a</span> <span m='111630'>decent</span> <span m='111980'>living.</span> <span m='113930'>For</span> <span m='114230'>example,</span> <span m='116020'>technologies</span> <span m='116970'>like</span> <span m='117330'>Google</span> <span m='117690'>translate--</span> <span m='118720'>that's</span> <span m='119020'>only</span> <span m='119220'>going</span> <span m='119490'>to</span> <span m='119920'>increase</span> <span m='120640'>and</span> <span m='122320'>deepen</span> <span m='125370'>in</span> <span m='125820'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='127040'>So</span> <span m='127840'>probably</span> <span m='128180'>a good</span> <span m='128370'>course</span> <span m='129550'>of</span> <span m='129729'>action</span> <span m='130229'>that</span> <span m='130930'>people</span> <span m='131270'>who are</span> <span m='131400'>starting</span> <span m='131890'>out</span> <span m='132020'>in</span> <span m='132080'>this</span> <span m='132250'>profession</span> <span m='133060'>to</span> <span m='133200'>do</span> <span m='134070'>would</span> <span m='134250'>be</span> <span m='134480'>to</span> <span m='136000'>choose</span> <span m='136360'>a</span> <span m='136420'>field</span> <span m='137280'>they</span> <span m='137400'>have</span> <span m='137600'>an</span> <span m='137700'>interest</span> <span m='138210'>in</span> <span m='138430'>and</span> <span m='138930'>specialize.</span> <span m='140650'>Specialized</span> <span m='143400'>knowledge</span> <span m='144110'>is</span> <span m='144400'>going</span> <span m='144630'>to</span> <span m='144750'>be</span> <span m='144920'>harder</span> <span m='145530'>to</span> <span m='146160'>be</span> <span m='146820'>replaced</span> <span m='147990'>by</span> <span 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m='168980'>that's</span> <span m='169460'>just</span> <span m='169700'>me.</span> <span m='172390'>I</span> <span m='172560'>know</span> <span m='172730'>a</span> <span m='172930'>lot</span> <span m='173100'>of</span> <span m='173160'>my</span> <span m='173290'>colleagues</span> <span m='173800'>who</span> <span m='173930'>have</span> <span m='175200'>a</span> <span m='175280'>better</span> <span m='175510'>balance</span> <span m='176030'>in</span> <span m='176520'>their</span> <span m='176690'>lives</span> <span m='177150'>between</span> <span m='178820'>social</span> <span m='179430'>interaction</span> <span m='180020'>and</span> <span m='180170'>work.</span> <span m='180780'>So</span> <span m='181120'>it's</span> <span m='181380'>a</span> <span m='181420'>personal</span> <span m='181780'>question</span> <span m='182195'>and a</span> <span m='182610'>matter</span> <span m='183020'>of</span> <span m='183130'>personal</span> <span m='183500'>preference,</span> <span m='184070'>I</span> 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