Translators and Interpreters enable the cross-cultural communication necessary in today’s society by converting one language into another. Although some people do both, interpretation and translation are different professions.
Translators convert written materials from one language into another.
Interpreters convert one spoken language into another.
The services of translators and interpreters and are needed in a number of subject areas. While specializing in a particular field or industry is not required, many translators and interpreters focus on one area of expertise.
Literary translators adapt written literature from one language into another.
Localization translators constitute a relatively recent and rapidly expanding specialty. Localization involves the complete adaptation of a product for use in a different language and culture.
Conference interpreters work at conferences that involve non-English-speaking attendees.
Guide or escort interpreters accompany either U.S. visitors abroad or foreign visitors in the United States to ensure that they are able to communicate during their stay.
Judiciary interpreters and translators help people appearing in court who are unable or unwilling to communicate in English.
Medical Translators and Interpreters provide language services to healthcare patients with limited English proficiency.
American Translators Association – Information on translation and interpretation professions. This association offers accreditation to translators. Website includes job postings and list of regional chapters. There is a membership fee to join the association.
Language Automation – Language Automation is located in the Silicon Valley and is a provider of translation services (especially Japanese) for the videogame, Web, and software industries.
The American Association of Language Specialists – This association represents language specialists working at the international level, either at conferences or in permanent organizations, and determines their qualifications and standards. It includes a membership of interpreters and translators based in many countries, which may be useful for networking.
The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators – NAJIT is a non-profit organization dedicated to the court interpreting and legal translation profession. General information about the profession is included in the “Frequently Asked Questions” section.
National Council on Interpreting in Health Care – The NCIHC is a multidisciplinary organization whose mission is to promote culturally competent professional health care interpreting. Forsyth Tech offers medical interpreting classes using NCIHC’s guidelines.
American Literary Translators Association – ALTA is dedicated to the promotion of literary translation through services to literary translators, forums on the theory and practice of translation, collaboration with the international literary community, and advocacy on behalf of the literary translator. A link to ALTA Guides to Literary Translation offers practical advice for both beginning and experienced translators.
International Medical Interpreters Association – With over 2,000 members, who provide interpreting services in over 70 languages, the IMIA is the oldest and largest medical interpreter association in the country.
Department of State Language Services – Language Services facilitates communication with non-English speaking governments and people by providing high-level interpreting (spoken word) and translating (written word) support to the Executive Office of the President, the Department of State and other federal agencies.