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CERTIFIED SPANISH INTERPRETER, IN-DEPTH: You Must Be Determined To Handle Whatever Comes

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Gregoria goes in-depth with her story about being an interpreter for the courts in California. She humorously acts out what she likes most about her job and describes the challenges she faces working in a field where stories of crime and the effects of crime are common. Gregoria also talks about the job opportunities in the field of interpretation, and her work-life balance.

Job Title: Certified Court 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
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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='11750'>defendant,</span> <span m='12400'>or</span> <span m='12510'>the</span> <span m='12760'>public</span> <span m='13350'>defender,</span> <span m='14030'>when</span> <span m='14490'>the</span> <span m='14610'>judge</span> <span m='15650'>through</span> <span m='15920'>you</span> <span m='16840'>is</span> <span m='17030'>saying</span> <span m='17680'>something</span> <span m='18190'>like,</span> <span m='19020'>Mr.</span> <span m='19400'>District</span> <span m='19830'>Attorney,</span> <span m='20280'>I</span> <span m='20380'>have</span> <span m='20670'>told</span> <span m='20910'>you</span> <span m='21240'>5,000</span> <span m='22060'>times</span> <span m='22460'>that</span> <span m='22650'>you</span> <span m='22850'>cannot</span> <span m='23710'>mention</span> <span m='24290'>the</span> <span m='24410'>priors,</span> <span m='25710'>and</span> <span m='25940'>you</span> <span m='26060'>get to</span> <span m='26340'>say</span> <span m='26780'>that</span> <span m='27440'>in</span> <span m='27640'>the</span> <span m='27730'>same</span> <span m='27980'>tone</span> <span m='28440'>and</span> <span m='28580'>color,</span> <span m='29380'>but</span> <span m='30390'>it's</span> <span m='30640'>not</span> <span m='30890'>you</span> <span m='31210'>saying</span> <span m='31670'>it,</span> <span m='31830'>so</span> <span m='31920'>they</span> <span m='32040'>can't</span> <span m='32220'>get</span> <span m='32369'>mad</span> <span m='32540'>at</span> <span m='32700'>you.</span> <span m='33300'>So</span> <span m='33610'>about</span> <span m='34000'>being</span> <span m='34220'>an</span> <span m='34320'>interpreter,</span> <span m='35310'>my</span> <span m='35610'>favorite</span> <span m='35910'>part</span> <span m='36200'>is</span> <span m='36370'>being</span> <span m='36670'>able</span> <span m='36900'>to</span> <span m='37010'>convey</span> <span m='37310'>the</span> <span m='37510'>tone and</span> <span m='37880'>color</span> <span m='38730'>and</span> <span m='38910'>become</span> <span m='39400'>that</span> <span m='39620'>person</span> <span m='40110'>for</span> <span m='40210'>that</span> <span m='40390'>little</span> <span m='40680'>bit</span> <span m='40930'>of</span> <span m='41040'>time,</span> <span m='41780'>and</span> <span m='41910'>then</span> <span m='42000'>go</span> <span m='42100'>back</span> <span m='42350'>and be</span> <span m='42550'>professional</span> <span m='42975'>and</span> <span m='43400'>detached</span> <span m='44880'>as</span> <span m='45305'>an</span> <span m='45730'>interpreter.</span> </p><p><span m='46580'>The</span> <span m='46730'>absolute</span> <span m='47170'>most</span> <span m='47600'>challenging</span> <span m='48090'>thing</span> <span m='48490'>is</span> <span m='48680'>that</span> <span m='48820'>I</span> <span m='48890'>am</span> <span m='49060'>human.</span> <span m='50640'>I</span> <span m='50760'>feel</span> <span m='51090'>for</span> <span m='51920'>the</span> <span m='52000'>people</span> <span m='52250'>that I</span> <span m='52430'>interpret</span> <span m='52830'>for.</span> <span m='53570'>I</span> <span m='54080'>feel</span> <span m='54350'>for</span> <span m='54830'>the</span> <span m='55340'>court</span> <span m='55940'>users.</span> <span m='57420'>In</span> <span m='57580'>other</span> <span m='57760'>words,</span> <span m='58020'>it</span> <span m='58100'>doesn't</span> <span m='58350'>matter.</span> <span m='58830'>Are</span> <span m='59150'>they</span> <span m='59470'>victims?</span> <span m='59700'>Are</span> <span m='60085'>they</span> <span m='60470'>defendants?</span> <span m='60680'>Are</span> <span m='60830'>they</span> <span m='61000'>criminals?</span> <span m='61850'>Are</span> <span m='61980'>they</span> <span m='62400'>mothers</span> <span m='62790'>and</span> <span m='62920'>fathers</span> <span m='63440'>losing</span> <span m='63750'>their</span> <span m='63890'>children?</span> <span m='65230'>Are</span> <span m='65450'>they</span> <span m='65720'>people</span> <span m='66070'>just</span> <span m='66300'>there</span> <span m='66470'>to</span> <span m='66710'>fight</span> <span m='67120'>eviction?</span> </p><p><span m='69130'>The</span> <span m='69240'>problem</span> <span m='69710'>with</span> <span m='69930'>me</span> <span m='70160'>is</span> <span m='70330'>that</span> <span m='70460'>I</span> <span m='70550'>feel</span> <span m='71020'>for</span> <span m='71190'>them.</span> <span m='73210'>Sometimes,</span> <span m='73760'>the</span> <span m='73850'>stories</span> <span m='74580'>they</span> <span m='74680'>stay</span> <span m='74960'>in</span> <span m='75130'>my</span> <span m='75270'>head.</span> <span m='75690'>So</span> <span m='75850'>the</span> <span m='75970'>most</span> <span m='76230'>difficult</span> <span m='76710'>thing</span> <span m='76870'>for</span> <span m='77020'>me</span> <span m='77370'>is to</span> <span m='77720'>be</span> <span m='78530'>detached</span> <span m='79310'>and to</span> <span m='79600'>not</span> <span m='79940'>care.</span> <span m='80520'>The</span> <span m='80750'>key</span> <span m='80940'>decision</span> <span m='81480'>that</span> <span m='81610'>I</span> <span m='81690'>made</span> <span m='82380'>to</span> <span m='82520'>get</span> <span m='82790'>to</span> <span m='82880'>where</span> <span m='83050'>I</span> <span m='83120'>am</span> <span m='83290'>today</span> <span m='83710'>is</span> <span m='84520'>blood,</span> <span m='84970'>sweat,</span> <span m='85500'>and</span> <span m='85680'>tears,</span> <span m='86640'>to</span> <span m='86750'>become</span> <span m='87090'>an</span> <span m='87180'>interpreter</span> <span m='88820'>that</span> <span m='89860'>will</span> <span m='90160'>not</span> <span m='90410'>be</span> <span m='90520'>daunted</span> <span m='91780'>by</span> <span m='92200'>any</span> <span m='92590'>assignment</span> <span m='93160'>that</span> <span m='93280'>comes</span> <span m='93560'>your</span> <span m='93710'>way.</span> <span m='94470'>You</span> <span m='94660'>have</span> <span m='95000'>to</span> <span m='95100'>be</span> <span m='96000'>completely</span> <span m='96600'>determined</span> <span m='97780'>to</span> <span m='98310'>take</span> <span m='98580'>on</span> <span m='98700'>whatever</span> <span m='99090'>comes.</span> </p><p><span m='100240'>I</span> <span m='100720'>hate</span> <span m='101530'>weapons.</span> <span m='102170'>I</span> <span m='102460'>hate</span> <span m='102690'>weapons</span> <span m='103070'>terminology.</span> <span m='104150'>So</span> <span m='104430'>I</span> <span m='104550'>became</span> <span m='104870'>determined</span> <span m='105330'>to</span> <span m='105440'>master</span> <span m='106080'>it,</span> <span m='106980'>because</span> <span m='107420'>I</span> <span m='107560'>wasn't</span> <span m='108000'>going</span> <span m='108280'>to</span> <span m='108560'>be</span> <span m='109080'>beaten</span> <span m='110260'>if</span> <span m='110850'>a</span> <span m='111140'>case had</span> <span m='111420'>weapon</span> <span m='111840'>terminology,</span> <span m='113310'>the</span> <span m='113460'>coordinator</span> <span m='114020'>would</span> <span m='114240'>say,</span> <span m='114410'>oh,</span> <span m='114700'>Gregoria,</span> <span m='115170'>I</span> <span m='115360'>can't</span> <span m='115790'>assign</span> <span m='116250'>you</span> <span m='116510'>to</span> <span m='116630'>that,</span> <span m='116960'>because</span> <span m='117320'>you</span> <span m='117420'>don't</span> <span m='117620'>like</span> <span m='118020'>that.</span> <span m='118800'>No.</span> <span m='119260'>Anything</span> <span m='119730'>that</span> <span m='119870'>comes</span> <span m='120160'>my</span> <span m='120320'>way.</span> <span m='120600'>It</span> <span m='120800'>can</span> <span m='121000'>be</span> <span m='121190'>hard</span> <span m='121850'>to</span> <span m='121960'>find</span> <span m='122230'>work</span> <span m='122460'>as</span> <span m='122580'>an</span> <span m='122670'>interpreter,</span> <span m='123320'>especially</span> <span m='124090'>in</span> <span m='124490'>Southern</span> <span m='124970'>California,</span> <span m='126140'>because</span> <span m='126520'>there</span> <span m='126660'>are</span> <span m='126910'>so</span> <span m='127180'>many</span> <span m='128199'>certified</span> <span m='128620'>interpreters</span> <span m='129190'>in</span> <span m='129320'>Southern</span> <span m='129600'>California.</span> <span m='130570'>However,</span> <span m='131690'>we</span> <span m='131990'>are</span> <span m='133455'>a</span> <span m='133760'>thriving</span> <span m='134340'>industry,</span> <span m='135260'>and</span> <span m='135700'>anybody</span> <span m='136160'>who</span> <span m='136350'>wants</span> <span m='136680'>to</span> <span m='136800'>interpret</span> <span m='137460'>can</span> <span m='137810'>find</span> <span m='138130'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='139790'>The</span> <span m='139910'>courts</span> <span m='140620'>are</span> <span m='141100'>really</span> <span m='141440'>the</span> <span m='141530'>place</span> <span m='141830'>to</span> <span m='141960'>start.</span> <span m='142540'>They</span> <span m='142780'>set</span> <span m='143040'>the</span> <span m='143120'>standard.</span> <span m='144270'>But</span> <span m='144590'>because</span> <span m='145060'>the</span> <span m='145160'>courts</span> <span m='145450'>set</span> <span m='145620'>the</span> <span m='145700'>standard,</span> <span m='146230'>you</span> <span m='146380'>have</span> <span m='146990'>private</span> <span m='147380'>attorneys</span> <span m='147840'>calling</span> <span m='148600'>certified</span> <span m='149080'>interpreters.</span> <span m='150000'>You</span> <span m='150160'>have</span> <span m='151130'>doctors</span> <span m='151720'>for</span> <span m='151840'>worker's</span> <span m='152170'>compensation,</span> <span m='153050'>insurance</span> <span m='153710'>companies.</span> <span m='154970'>Now</span> <span m='155470'>that</span> <span m='155730'>the</span> <span m='155830'>laws</span> <span m='156340'>are</span> <span m='157350'>demanding</span> <span m='157960'>certified</span> <span m='158540'>interpreters,</span> <span m='159170'>it's</span> <span m='159720'>much</span> <span m='160260'>easier</span> <span m='160880'>to</span> <span m='160960'>find</span> <span m='161160'>work</span> <span m='161380'>as an</span> <span m='161650'>interpreter.</span> </p><p><span m='162370'>Personally,</span> <span m='163160'>I</span> <span m='163510'>don't</span> <span m='163710'>have</span> <span m='163950'>children,</span> <span m='164660'>and</span> <span m='165190'>my</span> <span m='165420'>husband</span> <span m='165770'>is</span> <span m='166030'>extremely</span> <span m='166290'>supportive.</span> <span m='167420'>Therefore,</span> <span m='168040'>when</span> <span m='168230'>I</span> <span m='168290'>come</span> <span m='168700'>home</span> <span m='169110'>and</span> <span m='169320'>I</span> <span m='169390'>do</span> <span m='169620'>want</span> <span m='169800'>to</span> <span m='169870'>talk</span> <span m='170070'>about</span> <span m='170330'>cases,</span> <span m='171140'>and</span> <span m='171520'>how</span> <span m='171700'>we</span> <span m='171820'>feel</span> <span m='172200'>about</span> <span m='172630'>that,</span> <span m='172990'>and</span> <span m='173140'>the</span> <span m='173630'>funny</span> <span m='173940'>stories</span> <span m='174210'>that</span> <span m='174480'>happened,</span> <span m='175350'>it's</span> <span m='175580'>OK.</span> <span m='176640'>But</span> <span m='177580'>you</span> <span m='177770'>have</span> <span m='177950'>to</span> <span m='178060'>turn</span> <span m='178270'>it</span> <span m='178360'>off</span> <span m='178700'>at</span> <span m='178850'>a</span> <span m='178900'>certain</span> <span m='179200'>point.</span> <span m='179740'>So</span> <span m='180280'>when</span> <span m='180590'>it</span> <span m='180720'>stops</span> <span m='181310'>being</span> <span m='181830'>fun,</span> <span m='182710'>when</span> <span m='182880'>your</span> <span m='183000'>spouse</span> <span m='183500'>says,</span> <span m='183850'>I</span> <span m='184000'>don't</span> <span m='184150'>want</span> <span m='184280'>to</span> <span m='184330'>hear</span> <span m='184640'>that</span> <span m='185100'>any more,</span> <span m='186080'>then you</span> <span m='186360'>simply</span> <span m='187360'>shut it</span> <span m='187810'>off</span> <span m='188690'>and</span> <span m='188880'>go</span> <span m='189060'>off</span> <span m='189480'>and</span> <span m='189680'>do</span> <span m='189790'>something</span> <span m='190210'>else.</span> <span m='190820'>So</span> <span m='191080'>my</span> <span m='191410'>personal</span> <span m='191960'>rule</span> <span m='192150'>of</span> <span m='192250'>thumb</span> <span m='193070'>is</span> <span m='193820'>if</span> <span m='193980'>it's</span> <span m='194180'>lunch</span> <span m='194430'>time,</span> <span m='195030'>I</span> <span m='195360'>do</span> <span m='195470'>not</span> <span m='195810'>want</span> <span m='196010'>to</span> <span m='196160'>talk</span> <span m='196430'>shop.</span> <span m='197610'>If</span> <span m='197810'>I</span> <span m='197960'>want</span> <span m='198150'>to</span> <span m='198230'>talk</span> <span m='198480'>shop,</span> <span m='199360'>then</span> <span m='199530'>it's</span> <span m='199640'>got</span> <span m='199790'>to</span> <span m='199860'>be</span> <span m='199960'>something</span> <span m='200330'>funny.</span> <span m='200930'>Otherwise,</span> <span m='201420'>I</span> <span m='201560'>don't</span> <span m='201720'>want</span> <span m='201850'>to</span> <span m='202150'>talk about</span> <span m='202450'>it.</span> 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