Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 27-3091 Interpreters and Translators
Translate or interpret written, oral, or sign language text into another language for others.
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information. Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible. Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary. Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material. Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages. Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors. Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions. Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy. Train and supervise other translators or interpreters. Educate students, parents, staff, and teachers about the roles and functions of educational interpreters. Compile information on content and context of information to be translated and on intended audience.
License: This applicant should contact the State Board for Interpreters & Transliterators for application procedures and examination schedules. License Application Fee: $50.00 90-day Exemption Permit: $50.00 Initial and Renewal License Fee: $175.00 Initial and Renewal Permit Fee: $125.00
Outlook: Very Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $14.21   Entry $29,556.00
Mean $20.79   Mean $43,247.00
Experience $24.08 Experience $50,092.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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