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COURT INTERPRETER: Interpreting Can Be Used Anywhere In The World

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Rebecca is a court interpreter at a busy superior court house.
She shares in detail what a typical day looks like for her, what her career path was like and talks about what she would have done differently at the beginning of her career.

School: University of Charleston ; University of California Davis - University of Charleston
Degree: Political Science
Job Title: 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
Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Public speaking ability, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, People skills

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m='16750'>the</span> <span m='16850'>courthouse</span> <span m='17630'>and</span> <span m='18220'>figuring</span> <span m='18700'>out</span> <span m='19470'>what</span> <span m='19680'>courtroom</span> <span m='20120'>we're</span> <span m='20250'>assigned</span> <span m='20640'>to.</span> <span m='21090'>We</span> <span m='21210'>can</span> <span m='21330'>be</span> <span m='21480'>assigned</span> <span m='21970'>to</span> <span m='22360'>cover</span> <span m='22940'>any</span> <span m='23150'>type</span> <span m='24300'>of</span> <span m='24660'>case</span> <span m='25800'>in</span> <span m='26000'>a</span> <span m='26080'>courthouse,</span> <span m='26630'>which</span> <span m='26920'>can</span> <span m='27160'>range</span> <span m='27500'>from</span> <span m='27740'>traffic</span> <span m='28180'>citations,</span> <span m='29100'>misdemeanors,</span> <span m='29950'>to</span> <span m='30060'>felony,</span> <span m='31260'>also</span> <span m='31580'>family</span> <span m='32009'>law.</span> </p><p><span m='32490'>When you</span> <span m='32610'>walk</span> <span m='32810'>into</span> <span m='33020'>a</span> <span m='33100'>courtroom,</span> <span m='34090'>determine</span> <span m='34540'>who</span> <span m='34830'>needs</span> <span m='35340'>an</span> <span m='35450'>interpreter.</span> <span m='35970'>In</span> <span m='36080'>my</span> <span m='36230'>case,</span> <span m='36520'>I</span> <span m='36560'>determine</span> <span m='37000'>who</span> <span m='37140'>needs</span> <span m='37440'>a</span> <span m='37610'>Spanish</span> <span m='38060'>interpreter.</span> <span m='39140'>And</span> <span m='39430'>when</span> <span m='39590'>their</span> <span m='39740'>case is</span> <span m='40220'>called,</span> <span m='40720'>we</span> <span m='41220'>interpret</span> <span m='41860'>the</span> <span m='41970'>whole</span> <span m='42210'>proceeding,</span> <span m='43030'>because</span> <span m='43960'>everybody</span> <span m='44380'>has</span> <span m='44620'>the</span> <span m='44710'>right</span> <span m='44950'>to</span> <span m='45350'>hear</span> <span m='46190'>exactly</span> <span m='46700'>what</span> <span m='46870'>is</span> <span m='46980'>being</span> <span m='47230'>said</span> <span m='48030'>regarding</span> <span m='48400'>the</span> <span m='48490'>charges</span> <span m='48930'>that are against</span> <span m='49530'>them.</span> <span m='50770'>So</span> <span m='50970'>we</span> <span m='51090'>interpret</span> <span m='51520'>any</span> <span m='51730'>proceeding</span> <span m='52250'>from</span> <span m='52410'>beginning</span> <span m='52870'>to</span> <span m='53000'>end,</span> <span m='53340'>from</span> <span m='53530'>arrangement</span> <span m='54310'>to</span> <span m='54480'>trial</span> <span m='55250'>to</span> <span m='55320'>sentencing</span> <span m='56540'>and</span> <span m='56920'>any</span> <span m='57170'>type</span> <span m='57680'>of</span> <span m='58270'>case</span> <span m='58590'>that</span> <span m='58720'>we're</span> <span m='58890'>assigned.</span> </p><p><span m='59700'>The</span> <span m='59840'>way</span> <span m='60195'>I</span> <span m='60550'>arrived</span> <span m='60900'>to</span> <span m='61320'>court</span> <span m='61620'>interpreting</span> <span m='62280'>was</span> <span m='62860'>after</span> <span m='64119'>I</span> <span m='64519'>graduated</span> <span m='65220'>from</span> <span m='65650'>college--</span> <span m='66580'>I</span> <span m='66850'>attended</span> <span m='67290'>UC</span> <span m='67610'>Davis--</span> <span m='68270'>and</span> <span m='70430'>received</span> <span m='71030'>a</span> <span m='71160'>bachelor's</span> <span m='71640'>degree</span> <span m='72130'>in</span> <span m='72300'>political</span> <span m='72740'>science</span> <span m='73420'>and</span> <span m='73760'>in</span> <span m='74030'>Spanish.</span> <span m='75220'>And</span> <span m='75590'>after</span> <span m='75820'>that,</span> <span m='75980'>I</span> <span m='76030'>was</span> <span m='76210'>trying</span> <span m='76510'>to</span> <span m='76590'>decide</span> <span m='78650'>which</span> <span m='79120'>path I</span> <span m='79610'>was</span> <span m='79790'>going</span> <span m='79970'>to</span> <span m='80080'>take</span> <span m='80390'>in</span> <span m='80530'>order</span> <span m='80720'>to</span> <span m='80850'>be</span> <span m='81670'>an</span> <span m='82200'>FBI</span> <span m='82710'>agent.</span> <span m='83340'>And</span> <span m='83520'>that</span> <span m='83670'>was</span> <span m='83820'>my</span> <span m='83960'>initial</span> <span m='84500'>focus.</span> <span m='85540'>And</span> <span m='85790'>as</span> <span m='85960'>I</span> <span m='86270'>researched</span> <span m='86940'>what</span> <span m='87150'>it</span> <span m='87240'>took</span> <span m='87400'>to</span> <span m='87500'>be</span> <span m='87610'>an</span> <span m='87740'>FBI</span> <span m='88140'>agent,</span> <span m='88560'>one</span> <span m='88720'>of</span> <span m='88760'>my</span> <span m='88870'>strong</span> <span m='89210'>suits</span> <span m='89590'>and</span> <span m='89680'>the</span> <span m='89760'>reason</span> <span m='90070'>that</span> <span m='90260'>I</span> <span m='90600'>added</span> <span m='91140'>Spanish</span> <span m='91425'>as</span> <span m='91710'>a</span> <span m='91940'>second</span> <span m='93360'>degree</span> <span m='93850'>in</span> <span m='94030'>college,</span> <span m='94990'>was</span> <span m='95720'>that</span> <span m='95900'>was</span> <span m='96050'>going</span> <span m='96170'>to</span> <span m='96220'>be</span> <span m='96340'>my</span> <span m='96490'>strong</span> <span m='96840'>suit</span> <span m='97180'>to</span> <span m='97280'>be</span> <span m='97480'>able</span> <span m='97680'>to</span> <span m='98160'>become</span> <span m='98430'>a</span> <span m='98470'>better</span> <span m='98730'>candidate</span> <span m='99300'>for</span> <span m='99500'>the</span> <span m='99690'>FBI.</span> </p><p><span m='100500'>So</span> <span m='100860'>I</span> <span m='100970'>decided</span> <span m='101410'>to</span> <span m='101590'>look</span> <span m='102550'>into</span> <span m='102850'>graduate</span> <span m='103350'>programs</span> <span m='104140'>that</span> <span m='104690'>would</span> <span m='105260'>strengthen</span> <span m='105810'>my</span> <span m='106240'>Spanish.</span> <span m='107640'>And</span> <span m='108820'>instead</span> <span m='109350'>of</span> <span m='109690'>getting</span> <span m='110070'>a</span> <span m='110320'>master's</span> <span m='110730'>degree</span> <span m='111370'>in</span> <span m='111650'>Spanish,</span> <span m='112470'>I</span> <span m='113050'>found</span> <span m='113800'>a</span> <span m='114260'>bilingual</span> <span m='115200'>court</span> <span m='115510'>interpreting</span> <span m='116030'>master's</span> <span m='116470'>program,</span> <span m='117430'>which</span> <span m='117670'>I</span> <span m='117760'>attended</span> <span m='118030'>at</span> <span m='118300'>the</span> <span m='118550'>University</span> <span m='119270'>of</span> <span m='119360'>Charleston</span> <span m='119900'>South</span> <span m='120160'>Carolina.</span> <span m='121480'>And</span> <span m='121750'>that's</span> <span m='121980'>where</span> <span m='122140'>I</span> <span m='122230'>learned</span> <span m='122780'>everything</span> <span m='123450'>that</span> <span m='123620'>has</span> <span m='123780'>to</span> <span m='123860'>do</span> <span m='124020'>with</span> <span m='124210'>court</span> <span m='124500'>interpreting</span> <span m='125640'>and</span> <span m='126510'>the</span> <span m='126620'>different</span> <span m='126930'>modes</span> <span m='127180'>of</span> <span m='127280'>interpreting,</span> <span m='127950'>strengthening</span> <span m='128650'>your</span> <span m='129169'>language</span> <span m='129639'>skills</span> <span m='130199'>in</span> <span m='130300'>both</span> <span m='130600'>English</span> <span m='131080'>and in</span> <span m='131400'>Spanish.</span> <span m='132580'>And</span> <span m='133750'>coming</span> <span m='134090'>out</span> <span m='134210'>of</span> <span m='134320'>there,</span> <span m='134560'>I was</span> <span m='134770'>able</span> <span m='135030'>to</span> <span m='135590'>be</span> <span m='135850'>prepared</span> <span m='136480'>and</span> <span m='136790'>work</span> <span m='137060'>in a</span> <span m='137150'>court room.</span> </p><p><span m='138060'>Back</span> <span m='138430'>then,</span> <span m='138850'>I</span> <span m='139010'>wish</span> <span m='139320'>I</span> <span m='139350'>would</span> <span m='139580'>have</span> <span m='139810'>taken</span> <span m='140100'>the</span> <span m='140210'>time</span> <span m='140820'>to</span> <span m='141490'>go</span> <span m='141930'>and</span> <span m='142340'>live,</span> <span m='142810'>and</span> <span m='143030'>in</span> <span m='143310'>this</span> <span m='143500'>case</span> <span m='143800'>since</span> <span m='143920'>Spanish</span> <span m='144340'>is</span> <span m='144470'>my</span> <span m='144600'>language,</span> <span m='144905'>if</span> <span m='145210'>French</span> <span m='145480'>is</span> <span m='145580'>what</span> <span m='145710'>your</span> <span m='145750'>language</span> <span m='146470'>or</span> <span m='148520'>Cantonese,</span> <span m='149600'>then</span> <span m='149930'>I</span> <span m='150080'>would</span> <span m='150230'>go</span> <span m='150380'>live</span> <span m='150590'>in</span> <span m='150670'>that</span> <span m='150840'>country,</span> <span m='151350'>because</span> <span m='151630'>then</span> <span m='151840'>you're</span> <span m='152280'>exposed</span> <span m='152850'>one-on-one</span> <span m='153400'>to</span> <span m='153500'>the</span> <span m='153640'>culture.</span> <span m='155530'>You're</span> <span m='155810'>immersed</span> <span m='156430'>in</span> <span m='156610'>that</span> <span m='156820'>language.</span> <span m='157680'>And</span> <span m='158200'>it</span> <span m='159160'>would</span> <span m='159340'>have</span> <span m='159510'>given</span> <span m='159730'>me</span> <span m='159880'>a</span> <span m='159940'>better</span> <span m='160820'>or</span> <span m='160990'>stronger</span> <span m='161360'>background,</span> <span m='162160'>in</span> <span m='162470'>this</span> <span m='162680'>case,</span> <span m='163110'>in</span> <span m='163330'>Spanish</span> <span m='163860'>for</span> <span m='163980'>me.</span> <span m='164130'>Because</span> <span m='164350'>I</span> <span m='164400'>had</span> <span m='164620'>never</span> <span m='164840'>had</span> <span m='165100'>the</span> <span m='165160'>opportunity</span> <span m='165950'>to</span> <span m='166410'>live</span> <span m='166600'>in</span> <span m='166680'>a</span> <span m='167080'>Spanish</span> <span m='167400'>speaking</span> <span m='167650'>country.</span> </p><p><span m='168490'>Interpreting</span> <span m='169240'>can</span> <span m='169490'>be</span> <span m='169590'>used</span> <span m='170290'>anywhere</span> <span m='170750'>in</span> <span m='170840'>the</span> <span m='170940'>world.</span> <span m='172100'>So</span> <span m='172700'>not</span> <span m='172890'>only</span> <span m='173120'>do</span> <span m='173200'>you</span> <span m='173300'>give</span> <span m='173490'>yourself</span> <span m='173940'>a</span> <span m='174020'>path</span> <span m='174475'>for a</span> <span m='174930'>career</span> <span m='175270'>possibly</span> <span m='175790'>here</span> <span m='176000'>in</span> <span m='176040'>the</span> <span m='176130'>United</span> <span m='176440'>States,</span> <span m='176830'>but</span> <span m='176980'>you</span> <span m='177070'>give</span> <span m='177270'>yourself</span> <span m='177680'>a</span> <span m='177740'>leg</span> <span m='178020'>up</span> <span m='178650'>in</span> <span m='179040'>any</span> <span m='179490'>country</span> <span m='179970'>that</span> <span m='180370'>would</span> <span m='180480'>need</span> <span m='180780'>your</span> <span m='180900'>language.</span> <span m='181620'>And</span> <span m='181970'>you</span> <span m='182060'>give</span> <span m='182270'>yourself</span> <span m='182600'>versatility</span> <span m='183670'>in</span> <span m='184190'>any</span> <span m='184470'>other</span> <span m='184610'>career</span> <span m='184970'>path,</span> <span m='185360'>even</span> <span m='185640'>if</span> <span m='185750'>it's</span> <span m='185920'>not</span> <span m='186080'>interpreting</span> <span m='186730'>and</span> <span m='186900'>knowing</span> <span m='187200'>and being</span> <span m='187500'>bilingual.</span> </p>","file":{"id":294027,"video_id":"2701083923001","name":"843-Rebecca-p-CourtInterpreter","duration":188779,"thumbnail_url":null}});