“I don’t see myself needing professional translation services anytime soon.”- is probably pretty close to what you’re thinking, if you’ve ever been introduced to the translation industry.
But, how certain are you of this? With the growth of globalization and diversity of the U.S. population, chances are – either you or someone you know, will need some form of language translation service.
Where there’s a need, there’s a demand for professionals who can deliver. According to the US Department of Labor, employment of professional translators and interpreters is projected to grow 29 percent from 2014 to 2024. That’s far faster than the average for all occupations!
The rapidly growing call for professional language translation services is distributed among a wide scope of functions. Here’s a look at some of the fields in which translators and interpreters will be in greatest demand. As you read through them, you might see yourself needing an official translation service for at least one of these purposes.
• Medical Interpretation and Translation. The demand for interpreters and translators in the Healthcare field will remain abundant as the US population continues to diversify. Frequent reports regarding shortage of qualified medical interpreters have prompted states like California to call for funding into such services for LEP patients. If more states follow suit, demand could skyrocket soon.
Also needed, are experienced medical translators who can deliver document translation services of patient forms, medical letters, reports and more- to ensure both doctor and patient are in full understanding of each other.
• Legal Interpretation. Just a few months ago, California passed a state budget that included a 10% boost in funds for the state’s court interpretation system. This comes after claims of severe staffing shortage in counties like Santa Clara. Even for the state of Hawaii whose court system provides the best language access in the nation, finding enough qualified interpreters to satisfy the demand remains a struggle. The demand for court interpretation is driven by the growing numbers of non-English speakers in the US, all of whom need to be fairly represented in legal settlements.
• Legal Document Translation. Translating legal documents is required not only for litigation purposes, but for a span of other objectives such as patent registration, and business regulatory compliance. The bottom line is, businesses setting up offices globally must be perfectly attuned to the different sets of laws drafted in each country. Professional Legal translation, therefore, is an investment that can save businesses a world of hassle related to legal battles resulting from just a slight misunderstanding of those laws.
• Certified Translations and Interpretation for Immigration and Refugees. A glance at the news informs us of the increasing refugee and immigrant movement. This means more help will be needed from professional interpreters in settings including asylum interviews, and legal sessions. Another result of this development includes requests for certified english translation services for USCIS purposes and notarized translations.
• Professional Linguists for National Security. The safety of people on the go has been a growing cause for concern and calls for immediate action. The U.S. Department of Defense is already one of the largest employers of professional interpreters and translators, and demand for language professionals should continue to grow in the National Security sector. Just last year, the FBI hired about 175 language analysts and contract linguists! Some of the most demanded languages are Spanish language, Chinese Language, Japanese language and Russian language.
• Website Translation and Localization. Increasing globalization of business and expansion of Internet requires accurate localization of marketing and online material. Translation and localization specialists will be needed for website translation services to help U.S. businesses connect with both global audiences and clients in the U.S. who are non-native English speakers.
Complementary services such as video translation, voiceover, dubbing, translation and transcription will also be in demand by businesses, as video continues to be a most effective tool for reaching new audiences.
As demand for professional translation and interpretation services grows, universities have developed programs to train and equip students with the skills required to be a reliable, professional translator or interpreter.
Opportunities abound in the language industry, and this development is exciting news for those seeking such work opportunities. But we should always remember the significance of these language services that will be in high demand. The significance is the very mission of JR Language Translation Services- bridging the language barrier to enable individuals to exercise the rights and services enjoyed by native English speakers in their native language.