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INTERPRETER COORDINATOR: Get The Right Kind Of Training

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Robert shares his story about working as a court interpreter coordinator at a superior court house. He talks about what a day is like for him, how he got into the interpreting field and provides advice for bilingual folks considering getting into this line of work.

Degree: Certificate in Legal Interpreting
Job Title: Court Interpreter Coordinator

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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<span m='17400'>of</span> <span m='17920'>domestic</span> <span m='18300'>violence,</span> <span m='18850'>elder</span> <span m='19230'>abuse,</span> <span m='20800'>whatever</span> <span m='21940'>particular</span> <span m='22340'>needs</span> <span m='22610'>come</span> <span m='22790'>up.</span> </p><p><span m='23650'>Well,</span> <span m='23810'>it's</span> <span m='24000'>funny.</span> <span m='24230'>I</span> <span m='24370'>always</span> <span m='24580'>liked</span> <span m='24820'>languages.</span> <span m='26356'>And</span> <span m='26710'>at</span> <span m='26970'>least</span> <span m='27170'>as</span> <span m='27290'>an</span> <span m='27390'>adult,</span> <span m='27880'>and</span> <span m='28090'>it seemed</span> <span m='28440'>something</span> <span m='28980'>I</span> <span m='29080'>got</span> <span m='29330'>into.</span> <span m='29820'>But</span> <span m='30190'>I</span> <span m='30310'>never</span> <span m='30760'>actually</span> <span m='31120'>thought</span> <span m='31390'>that</span> <span m='31510'>I</span> <span m='31570'>would</span> <span m='31740'>make</span> <span m='32110'>a</span> <span m='32189'>career</span> <span m='32504'>out of it.</span> <span m='32820'>It</span> <span m='33060'>was</span> <span m='33190'>something</span> <span m='33760'>that</span> <span m='34080'>ended up being</span> <span m='34220'>like</span> <span m='34390'>a</span> <span m='34450'>second</span> <span m='34840'>career</span> <span m='35800'>that</span> <span m='36470'>came</span> <span m='36810'>up</span> <span m='37840'>after</span> <span m='38090'>I'd</span> <span m='38220'>been</span> <span m='38410'>working</span> <span m='38780'>for</span> <span m='38940'>a</span> <span m='38970'>period</span> <span m='39180'>of</span> <span m='39240'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='39440'>About</span> <span m='39770'>15</span> <span m='40150'>years</span> <span m='40460'>ago,</span> <span m='41780'>I</span> <span m='41980'>started</span> <span m='42390'>to</span> <span m='42460'>find</span> <span m='42860'>out</span> <span m='43020'>that</span> <span m='43150'>there</span> <span m='43310'>was</span> <span m='43510'>actually</span> <span m='45130'>quite</span> <span m='45390'>a</span> <span m='45430'>bit of</span> <span m='45620'>work</span> <span m='46060'>out</span> <span m='46370'>there</span> <span m='46530'>for</span> <span m='46690'>people</span> <span m='47110'>who</span> <span m='47240'>speak</span> <span m='48720'>more than one</span> <span m='48810'>language.</span> <span m='50020'>And</span> <span m='52060'>the</span> <span m='52190'>demographics,</span> <span m='52910'>of</span> <span m='52970'>course,</span> <span m='53200'>in</span> <span m='53260'>California</span> <span m='54380'>and</span> <span m='54550'>the</span> <span m='54610'>US</span> <span m='54910'>have</span> <span m='55010'>changed</span> <span m='55310'>so</span> <span m='55460'>much</span> <span m='55760'>too</span> <span m='56740'>that</span> <span m='56850'>we've</span> <span m='57020'>seen</span> <span m='57590'>a</span> <span m='57620'>great</span> <span m='57870'>deal</span> <span m='57990'>of</span> <span m='58090'>immigration.</span> <span m='58450'>And</span> <span m='58810'>as</span> <span m='59000'>a</span> <span m='59050'>result,</span> <span m='59530'>there's</span> <span m='60370'>a</span> <span m='60710'>great deal of</span> <span m='61200'>need</span> <span m='61520'>for</span> <span m='62790'>assisting</span> <span m='63300'>people</span> <span m='64170'>who</span> <span m='64319'>don't</span> <span m='64510'>have</span> <span m='64680'>a</span> <span m='64700'>voice.</span> </p><p><span m='65489'>I</span> <span m='65640'>got</span> <span m='65830'>training</span> <span m='67270'>for</span> <span m='68010'>interpreting</span> <span m='69250'>in</span> <span m='69640'>Spanish</span> <span m='70310'>with</span> <span m='70460'>the</span> <span m='70530'>program,</span> <span m='71240'>the</span> <span m='71740'>UC</span> <span m='72170'>extension</span> <span m='72760'>program</span> <span m='73650'>in</span> <span m='73720'>San</span> <span m='73900'>Francisco.</span> <span m='74520'>What</span> <span m='74780'>I</span> <span m='74840'>ended</span> <span m='75050'>up</span> <span m='75140'>doing</span> <span m='75380'>was</span> <span m='75520'>starting</span> <span m='75890'>to</span> <span m='75980'>work</span> <span m='76250'>in</span> <span m='76320'>the</span> <span m='76400'>court.</span> <span m='76730'>I started</span> <span m='76990'>actually</span> <span m='77250'>working in</span> <span m='77570'>Portuguese.</span> <span m='78730'>And</span> <span m='78870'>then</span> <span m='81100'>my</span> <span m='81600'>clients</span> <span m='82010'>found out</span> <span m='82270'>I</span> <span m='82320'>could</span> <span m='82480'>speak</span> <span m='82690'>Spanish,</span> <span m='83260'>and</span> <span m='83600'>so</span> <span m='84560'>that's</span> <span m='84750'>where</span> <span m='85600'>most</span> <span m='85880'>of</span> <span m='85920'>the</span> <span m='86010'>work</span> <span m='86710'>has</span> <span m='87020'>been.</span> <span m='87880'>So</span> <span m='88190'>I</span> <span m='88350'>ended</span> <span m='88490'>up</span> <span m='89100'>working</span> <span m='89500'>freelance</span> <span m='90110'>for</span> <span m='90280'>about</span> <span m='91110'>nine</span> <span m='91400'>years.</span> </p><p><span m='91990'>And</span> <span m='92190'>then</span> <span m='93775'>a</span> <span m='94190'>position</span> <span m='94900'>actually</span> <span m='95340'>opened</span> <span m='95720'>up</span> <span m='96000'>for</span> <span m='96340'>coordinator</span> <span m='97530'>in</span> <span m='97810'>this county</span> <span m='98125'>about</span> <span m='98440'>six</span> <span m='98660'>years</span> <span m='98890'>ago.</span> <span m='99700'>And</span> <span m='99960'>I</span> <span m='100220'>applied</span> <span m='100630'>for</span> <span m='100885'>it</span> <span m='101140'>and</span> <span m='101460'>was</span> <span m='101750'>accepted.</span> <span m='102080'>So</span> <span m='102410'>that's</span> <span m='102842'>what I've</span> <span m='103274'>been</span> <span m='103706'>doing since.</span> <span m='104140'>The</span> <span m='104300'>advice I'd</span> <span m='104520'>give</span> <span m='104680'>anyone</span> <span m='105060'>who'd be</span> <span m='105330'>interested</span> <span m='105770'>in</span> <span m='105890'>coming</span> <span m='106150'>into</span> <span m='106340'>this</span> <span m='106610'>field</span> <span m='107210'>is</span> <span m='107520'>more</span> <span m='107680'>than</span> <span m='107800'>anything</span> <span m='108200'>getting</span> <span m='108440'>the</span> <span m='108540'>right</span> <span m='108860'>kind</span> <span m='109040'>of</span> <span m='109150'>training.</span> </p><p><span m='111180'>Of</span> <span m='111260'>course,</span> <span m='111980'>developing</span> <span m='112660'>language</span> <span m='113020'>skills,</span> <span m='113680'>that</span> <span m='113890'>was</span> <span m='113990'>an</span> <span m='114110'>ongoing</span> <span m='114740'>thing.</span> <span m='116340'>So</span> <span m='116800'>it's</span> <span m='117040'>a</span> <span m='117080'>good</span> <span m='117230'>idea</span> <span m='117540'>to,</span> <span m='118410'>for</span> <span m='118570'>example,</span> <span m='119370'>in</span> <span m='119500'>preparation</span> <span m='120260'>to</span> <span m='120380'>be</span> <span m='120510'>a</span> <span m='120550'>good</span> <span m='120720'>interpreter,</span> <span m='121820'>you</span> <span m='122310'>should</span> <span m='123470'>be</span> <span m='123580'>well</span> <span m='123850'>read.</span> <span m='124280'>You</span> <span m='124450'>should</span> <span m='124970'>watch</span> <span m='125480'>a</span> <span m='125540'>lot</span> <span m='125730'>of</span> <span m='125790'>soap</span> <span m='126010'>operas.</span> <span m='127020'>You</span> <span m='127160'>should</span> <span m='127870'>watch</span> <span m='128830'>a</span> <span m='128970'>lot</span> <span m='130220'>of</span> <span m='130280'>medias</span> <span m='131260'>and</span> <span m='131860'>develop</span> <span m='132240'>a</span> <span m='132280'>very,</span> <span m='132630'>very</span> <span m='132850'>good</span> <span m='133060'>vocabulary</span> <span m='134250'>in</span> <span m='134640'>different</span> <span m='134940'>registers,</span> <span m='135940'>whether</span> <span m='136150'>that</span> <span m='136420'>be</span> <span m='136860'>in</span> <span m='137450'>a</span> <span m='137750'>higher</span> <span m='138100'>register,</span> <span m='138505'>like</span> <span m='138910'>we</span> <span m='139080'>speak</span> <span m='139290'>in</span> <span m='139350'>the</span> <span m='139450'>courts,</span> <span m='140100'>or</span> <span m='140430'>in</span> <span m='140660'>slang</span> <span m='141160'>that's spoken</span> <span m='141430'>on</span> <span m='141550'>the</span> <span m='141630'>streets.</span> </p><p><span m='142600'>And</span> <span m='142770'>then</span> <span m='143330'>if</span> <span m='143600'>you're</span> <span m='144250'>really,</span> <span m='144690'>really</span> <span m='145040'>interested</span> <span m='145720'>in</span> <span m='147060'>interpreting</span> <span m='147800'>per se,</span> <span m='148420'>getting</span> <span m='149090'>training</span> <span m='149550'>through</span> <span m='149810'>a</span> <span m='150070'>program,</span> <span m='150960'>whether</span> <span m='151160'>that</span> <span m='151330'>be at</span> <span m='151670'>San</span> <span m='151945'>Francisco</span> <span m='152220'>State,</span> <span m='153660'>Monterey</span> <span m='154030'>Institute</span> <span m='154810'>of</span> <span m='154980'>Southern</span> <span m='155240'>California</span> <span m='156480'>School of</span> <span m='156790'>Interpreting,</span> <span m='157700'>there's</span> <span m='157960'>various</span> <span m='159180'>entities</span> <span m='159750'>out</span> <span m='160070'>there</span> <span m='160600'>to</span> <span m='160730'>assist</span> <span m='161180'>you</span> <span m='161350'>in</span> <span m='161460'>developing</span> <span m='162530'>the</span> <span m='162840'>skills</span> <span m='163240'>and</span> <span m='163340'>techniques</span> <span m='163690'>you need.</span> <span m='164570'>Because</span> <span m='164750'>it's</span> <span m='164870'>not</span> <span m='165020'>a</span> <span m='165060'>matter</span> <span m='165300'>of</span> <span m='165360'>just</span> <span m='165520'>being</span> <span m='165720'>bilingual</span> <span m='166950'>or</span> <span m='167430'>bicultural,</span> <span m='168120'>which</span> <span m='168400'>are</span> <span m='168630'>necessary</span> <span m='169170'>skills,</span> <span m='169530'>but</span> <span m='169640'>also</span> <span m='169950'>having</span> <span m='170620'>the</span> <span m='170780'>right</span> <span m='171090'>training</span> <span m='171480'>so</span> <span m='171710'>that</span> <span m='173800'>you</span> <span m='173920'>can</span> <span m='174760'>carry</span> <span m='175110'>it</span> <span m='175230'>out</span> <span m='175560'>in</span> <span m='175760'>a</span> <span m='175820'>way</span> <span m='176080'>that's</span> <span m='176660'>professional.</span> <span m='177770'>And</span> <span m='177960'>it's</span> <span m='178180'>going</span> <span m='178290'>to</span> <span m='178330'>have</span> <span m='180650'>some</span> <span m='180890'>benefit</span> <span m='181310'>to</span> <span m='181390'>the</span> <span m='181480'>people</span> <span m='181760'>you're</span> <span m='181900'>interpreting</span> <span m='182360'>for.</span> 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