In Person Interpreter Job Description:

207 Interpreters facilitate communication between parties who speak two different languages. They do this by interpreting and re-communicating verbally from one language to another.

Most of the interpretation is performed in the following settings: educational services, social services, government conference/events, and hospitals. A handful of work is performed within healthcare/medical settings

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This is a per-diem position:

We schedule most jobs in advance; our interpreters dispatch from home and submit their time sheets electronically. As a per-diem employee, the interpreter’s hours may vary from week to week depending on demand and how much or how little the interpreter wishes to work. This means that an interpreter may choose to decline assignments depending on their schedule, lifestyle, or type of assignment.

A per-diem interpreter is paid by the hour, and is not part of the regular staff, and accordingly is not eligible for employer benefits. As such, the per-diem hourly rate may be higher due to the lack of benefits associated with it.

In order to interpret communications, an Interpreter performs various tasks and etiquettes --- an Interpreter is a cultural broker. 

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Translate verbal communications:

The bulk of an interpreter's job is to translate verbal communications in real time. This includes speeches at conferences, events, meetings, classes and training sessions, or individual communication between two people. It is crucial that they interpret accurately and quickly in real time without leaving out or changing any information that is being communicated.

Translate Onsite Written Communications:

Interpreters also translate written communications. These can include anything from documents and forms to meeting notes, emails, and presentations. It’s important that interpreters effectively communicate the meaning of the text and maintain its core message.

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Interpreter Skills:

Because communication is the main job of an interpreter, they must have fantastic communication abilities (verbal and written) in English and the target language. The interpreter must be personable and have great relationship-building skills, allowing them to effectively communicate and establish a professional environment with both parties. Empathy and an awareness of other cultures is crucial to being a successful interpreter.

Core skills: Up to - $35/hour. 

  1. Interpreter must possess a minimum 2-year college degree or equivalent.

  2. Relevant experience in legal or medical settings.

  3. Fluency in English and the target language.

  4. Ability to demonstrate proper etiquette and skill when facilitating communication.

  5. Ability to show deep knowledge of cultures involved.

  6. Notable comfort with public speaking.

  7. Interpreter must complete an interpreting certificate program within 6 months of employment

Advanced skills: Up to - $40/hour.

  1. Bachelor’s degree in target language or associates's degree in interpreting, national certification, and having completed 4+ years of experience with target language. 

  2. Industry-specific knowledge

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