Jobs in High Demand: How to Become a Professional Translator

Posted June 29, 2021 by in Career

Getting into a certain occupation is totally worth it, whether you like such a job or you don’t. While, in the modern world, some of the most demanded careers appear to be software developers, engineers, and medical workers, one career appears to stand out the most for being largely underestimated by most ratings.

While the listed specialists drive progress all around the world, the language specialists, such as translators and interpreters ensure that they can all work together and do their job properly:

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The Hard Work

Despite translators not being regarded as such by many popular resources, they are still in rather high demand in the labor market and are expected to be even more demanded within the next decade or so, especially people giving an audio translation service. That’s mainly because modern society manages to evolve at a much faster pace than ever before and globalize at a greater scale. It is apparent that we need translation and professional localization services more often and in greater volumes now. On top of that, the coronavirus pandemic has managed to increase the need for medical translators, after all, which affected the general picture as well.

At the same time, translator salaries appear to be rather high, creating another reason for translators to keep doing what they do as well as attract newcomers. Yet, those salaries are usually high for a reason. Becoming a translator can be tough and can largely depend on the application of translation you plan to pursue. While there might be more than 10 ways to find freelance translation jobs in marketing, more paid jobs in medical translation might be harder to find and require special training. In general, however, keep the following few tips in mind should set you on the right track.

  • Learn a language. Obviously, you need some kind of basis to start. Translators work with languages, so learning at least one in addition to your native language should be the first thing on your to-do list. It is advised to learn a rather easy language for you. For example, English will definitely work. It is widely used, relatively easy, and the translations from and into it are well-paid enough. Alternatively, you can learn a language that’s somewhat similar to your native one and work with that. For instance, if your native language is Danish, learning Swedish or Norwegian should be much easier for you.
  • Complete a professional course. You can do it as an alternative to the previous step or as additional training to it. You don’t have to go to university or college and spend there a few years as there are many courses online. Yet, professional training is good in any case, simply because it helps you organize your knowledge enough and acquire lots of useful perks for your professional career in the future.
  • Acquire certification. Whether it’s a college diploma or a professional training course certificate, having a document that confirms your background as a trained professional is great. It allows you to get employed with a higher entry-level salary, work in a professional environment right away, and work in applied translation, which is even more highly valued and paid. With a professional language specialist certificate, you’ll be able to translate court cases, medical documents, and many other things that would broaden your scope of work and salary. A great example are certified Spanish interpreters who provide services to a wide variety of customers.
  • Work on your computer skills. Almost everything is done on a computer today and translation is not an exception. And it’s not only about your typing or Microsoft office skills. There are lots of different translation tools that can make your professional life much easier and are, thus, worthy of some attention.
  • Learn applied translation. As a rather generous bonus, learning to translate in a certain industry is an extremely useful skill that can add a lot to your salary. Aside from the already mentioned medical and legal translations, there are other areas of application where the translation is generously rewarded, like the translation of technical instruction manuals, educational programs, or engineering. It’s only important to know where to look, and the success might be just around the corner.

Getting Dedicated

One of the most important elements of becoming a successful translator is, perhaps, dedication. You must clearly understand why you work in this field and move toward this goal all the time. Only someone who loves to do what they’re doing will get their place under the sun and embrace success to its fullest. It does not matter whether your motivation is purely financial, or you want to be useful to society, if you do to achieve that goal for yourself, you’re on the right track.

About the Author:

Elizabeth has been working as an author and researcher for years now. Yet, there’s only one thing she can’t imagine her life without. Elizabeth’s main career goal is discovery, and that’s something she does extraordinarily well, sharing all her new experiences with you to multiply her success by numbers.

*Photos by George Milton