Well, well, well. Guess which profession in the top 20 jobs for 2013? Translation and interpreting!
The list was complied by US News, which ranks the top 100 jobs on the basis of their
mosaic of employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance, and job security.
To which I would add: job satisfaction. Which, notwithstanding the occasional grumble, you get a lot of in the translation business.
Here, in short, is what they say about translation and interpreting:
Whether it’s sign language, spoken language, or written language, interpreters and translators are utilizing an invaluable skill. If you are fluent in a second language, you could find yourself working in a lucrative, secure, and growing position. The Labor Department predicts more than 42 percent employment growth in this profession over the coming decade.
And here’s the longer report on the translation and interpreting professions.
What do you think, folks? Is your job in the list? And if it isn’t, should it be?
By Marian Dougan