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Interpreters and translators enable the cross-cultural communication necessary in today's society by converting one language into another. However, these language specialists do more than simply translate words—they relay concepts and ideas between languages. They must thoroughly understand the subject matter in which they work in order to accurately convert information from one language, known as the source language, into another, the target language. In addition, they must be sensitive to the cultures associated with their languages of expertise.

Hours: Typical 5 day work week, may vary if working on site

Opportunities: Public and private educational institutions, health care and social assistance, government, publishing companies, telephone companies, airlines, and interpreting and translating agencies.

Pay: Average $76,000 annually

Training: Bachelor's degree, and some may require translator certification

Citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition , Interpreters and Translators, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos175.htm (visited July 22, 2009 ).

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