Career as a Translator / Interpreter : Everything Explained!

Career Profile:

The career profile of a translator includes some typical responsibilities. For instance, they have to rewrite the original texts and materials from one language to the target language. A translator is also expected to research subject matter with the help of specialist dictionaries, reference books as well as internet so as to be able to find the best, most suitable word in the target language to keep the meaning and style of the original work intact or, at least, as close as possible. Translators have to liaise with clients to arrange translations, quotes and fix deadlines. They may sit with clients to clarify meanings of words and phrases. They also have to proofread the translations, edit the format and give finishing touches before delivering the document.

Career Path:

Translators tend to start their careers as trainees with translation companies/ agencies. After having gained sufficient experience in the field, the translators may start working as freelance translators from home or can apply for a full time job with a company/ agency. They can go onto become a senior in-house translator or as a translation manager with big companies. Though opportunities for promotion are limited, avenues for jobs in international organizations are open with better qualifications, specialized diploma courses, etc.

Career Scope:

 Most of the translators tend to work as freelancer or on contract basis. This can be either from home or from an office offering flexible timing. It can involve working individually or as a team with other translator or language experts. The potential translator can also look forward to avenues, such as apprenticeships and internships. Major employers for translators in the country include the government, bilingual dictionary making companies, etc. And at an international level, major employers includes the United Nations and embassies in foreign countries, etc.

Salary Range of Translators:

 The salary of a Translator/Interpreter varies because of a lot of factors. The salary may depend on the qualifications and work experience that you have, certification, the languages you work with, the employing company, whether you are in the public sector or private, the responsibilities you have in the agency as the Translator/Interpreter, whether you work as a full time employee or a freelancer, etc. However, on average, a Translator / Interpreter may get a pay package of INR 4 to 6 Lacs per annum.

Education Qualification to become a Translator / Interpreter:

Like any other profession, you need to have some specialized qualification in the field in order to find jobs as a Translator / Interpreter. A Translator / Interpreter is required to have complete fluency over at least two languages so as to be able to translate from one of those languages to the other. Thus, a Translator / Interpreter need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree in the language(s) they wish to specialize in. Master’s degree, Post Graduate Diploma in Translation and certification add to the job prospects. They have to keep themselves updated with the fluid and ever developing nature of languages. The potential Translator / Interpreters can also consider a translation specialty, such as Literary Translation.

Best College/ Institutes to obtain Diploma Degree in Languages and Translation:

There are many educational institutes and colleges that offer courses and diploma degree that a person can acquire in order to make a career as a Translator / Interpreter. Some of the best universities offering Post Graduate Diploma in Translation have been enlisted as follows:

  • Aligarh Muslim University
  • Gujarat University
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • Karnataka University
  • Maharshi Dayanand University
  • Sardar Patel University
February 13, 2015