Are spanish interpreter job opportunities growing or declining?

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Are jobs in this industry on the rise? Are there any sub-sectors that are growing?

Where are the jobs? Which places have the most spanish interpreter opportunities?

MAGDA RIVERA YANKELOWITZ in Cary, North Carolina

92 months ago

HELLO DEAR CLERK =

I AM LOOKING FOR A SUPPORT FOR THIS NEW CAREER I ALREADY ATTENDT TO THE BASIC TRAINIG HOW TO INTERPRETER BUT I WILL LIKE TO INTERPRETER. AT THE PRESENT TIME I AM A VOLUNTEER AT WAKEMED HOSPITAL BUT THEY DON'T LET VOLUNTEERS TO DO ANY INTERPRETER,

PLEASE GIVE ME SOME FFEDBACK IT WILL BE APPRECIATED

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE,
SINCERELY,

MAGDA

Yolanda G. Puchner in Los Angeles, California

91 months ago

You cannot just volunteer especially in a medical setting. What if you use the wrong word for a body part or an illness? You need to be CERTIFIED to interpret in court or at a medical center or hospital; also in immigration

tinav machuca in Sammamish, Washington

90 months ago

lokking for jobs not related to court in seattle area prefer full time spanish interpretor position but will work indeperndent by the full day pay for 8 hours.
seattle and surrounding area within 15 miles of downtown seattle including downtown, bellevue and redmond.
Certified and have a masters egree in spanish literature, interpreting for 15 years at this time

doug hoschek in Sammamish, Washington

89 months ago

tinav machuca in Sammamish, Washington said: lokking for jobs not related to court in seattle area prefer full time spanish interpretor position but will work indeperndent by the full day pay for 8 hours.
seattle and surrounding area within 15 miles of downtown seattle including downtown, bellevue and redmond.
Certified and have a masters egree in spanish literature, interpreting for 15 years at this time

Hi, just sending this to you to make sure your posting gets replies when someone tries to contact you.
this is a test...
doug

Ernesto de la Serna in Los Angeles, California

87 months ago

DECLINING.

FEDERAL COURTS have downsized their interpreter staffs to the very bare minimum. Then on top of that they use their in-house interpreters to interpreter for OTHER federal courts in other states that may lack interpreters thru what's known as the TIP Program. Uncle Sam will squeeeeeze you mercilessly, as usual.

INDEPENDANT CONTRACTOR court work is also declining nationwide as HIRING agencies use non-certified interpreters whenever they can get away with it. And considering that they can get away with it almost ALWAYS ..that's quite alot of lost work for certified court interps.

STATE COURTS are the only viable source of constant work as a court interpreter right now and some states pay better than others. You'll have to become an employee tho and probably join the local unions. Some unions are good but others (like what they got in CA) are the WORST, pathetic and ineffective P'sOS imaginable.

ADMINISTRATIVE/MEDICAL (where certification available) interp jobs seem to be increasing slightly, but they don't pay as well as court does. AND it's hard work in the medical field (they'll run you ragged) and CUTTHROAT in the administrative. Bring your Bowie knife & best backstabbing skills. You'll need both.

CONFERENCE work is usually limited to small groups of local interpreters that have the markets in their areas already cornered. Since conference work is rare per se the hiring contractors usually use the same interpreter over and over again. Major caveat: interpreters willing to work for next to nothing might be given a chance to sneak-in and do some conference work occasionally.

UNITED NATIONS, you need to know THREE languages. And only a few specific language combinations are popular right now. If you're NOT in NYC you might as well not exist. UNLESS you're in a major european city, of course.

LANGUAGE LINE SERVICES; you might as well work in a show store like Al Bundy. $10-$15 per hour at most.

Joe Blow in Los Angeles, California

84 months ago

Yolanda G. Puchner in Los Angeles, California said: You cannot just volunteer especially in a medical setting. What if you use the wrong word for a body part or an illness? You need to be CERTIFIED to interpret in court or at a medical center or hospital; also in immigration

If you use the wrong word for a body part or an illness BIG DEAL. After all, we live in a country that sees no problem with invading the wrong countries or murdering the wrong people, so what's an illness in comparison?. Who gives a s*it about 'certified' or not?. All the medical groups want to do is TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY which is the reason why medical interpreting IS THE LOWEST PAYING FORM of profesional interpreting there is. And I'm using 'professional' here very looosely.

cruz in Compton, California

39 months ago

Joe Blow in Los Angeles, California said: If you use the wrong word for a body part or an illness BIG DEAL. After all, we live in a country that sees no problem with invading the wrong countries or murdering the wrong people, so what's an illness in comparison?. Who gives a s*it about 'certified' or not?. All the medical groups want to do is TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY which is the reason why medical interpreting IS THE LOWEST PAYING FORM of profesional interpreting there is. And I'm using 'professional' here very looosely.

Apparently you do not know what you are talking or ranting about.... It would be a wasted time to try to educate you....

cindy in Phoenix, Arizona

37 months ago

thats why you use your new technology droid phones and library materials yes phoenix has good jobs in interpreting and the more you search the more you learn its call spanish/inglish medical terminology

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