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Interpreter

Translate signed or spoken languages into other signed or spoken languages.

What's it like to be an Interpreter?

Interpreters translate signed or spoken languages into other signed or spoken languages, often in a realtime capacity for the benefit of people requiring instantaneous translation.

Interpreter

Tasks and duties

  • Meet with clients to understand their needs.
  • Provide translation of spoken languages.
  • Provide translation of signed languages.
  • Provide translation of written documents.
  • Interpret the meaning and feeling of what is said or signed into the appropriate tone or sign.
  • Use simplification techniques to enable faster translation.
  • Attend meetings and conferences.
  • Take minutes and record interactions.
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Interpreters need to be calm under pressure, able to think on their feet and have a high degree of emotional intelligence.

The work of an Interpreter can involve a lot of travel when required by clients.

What can I earn as an Interpreter?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an Interpreter is between $55k and $65k

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How to become an Interpreter


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While you don’t need qualifications to become an Interpreter, the standard for the translating and interpreting profession in Australia are set by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. Being certified by NAATI may be an advantage when seeking employment.

  1. If you’re interested in learning how to interpret Auslan, consider a Diploma of Interpreting (PSP50916). You may need to complete a preparatory session before enrolment.
  2. For spoken and written languages, undertaking a qualification majoring in the language of your choice is a good option. Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Bachelor degrees and Masters degrees are endorsed by the NAATI for specific certification types and language streams.
  3. Get your qualifications accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters.

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How do Interpreters rate their role?

Latest reviews from 6 Interpreters surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.5
Job satisfaction
3.8
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
2.7
Pay / Salary
2.8
Variety of work
4.2

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Aug 2019
Interpreting is a demanding job and I would not recommend to pursue a career in this field unless you have other qualifications and can get another part time job.
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Reproductive Medicine
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Medical
The good things
The most rewarding parts of the jobs are helping people to communicate, being able to be understood by others in order for them to receive much needed assistance.
The challenges
The jobs is unsecured, hours and income will vary every weeks. From December to January you might have very little income and it will be very difficult to pay your bills if you don’t have savings.
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Aug 2019
Total job satisfaction in realizing that you make people feel secure in a new environment.
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Interpreting
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
I'm self-employed
Specialisation
Home affairs
The good things
You will come to meet different people who need your assistance in communicating with others. They are also in a new country and environment that they are not familiar with. They feel very satisfied ...
The challenges
To be prepared to listen with calm and understanding and transfer the message without any ommission or faults.
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Working hours for Interpreters

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What are the job opportunities for Interpreters?

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18.1%
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