In an article published on CNBC.com’s “Where the Jobs Are” section this past week, journalist Kate Rogers reported on the massive increase in demand for professional translators and interpreters over the past seven years and the outlook of the industry’s future.
“As the economy becomes more globalized and businesses realize the need for translation and interpreting to market their products and services, the opportunities for people with advanced language skills will continue to grow sharply,” said David Rumsey, president of the ATA, adding that the association predicts the largest growth is within contracted positions, giving workers and companies more flexibility.
Perhaps the most promising trend—aside from the projected 29% growth through 2024—is that as the number of available jobs has increased, so too has the variety of companies that are hiring translators. Not only are businesses seeking translation services from freelancers and agencies, but large organizations like the United Nations are also hiring in-house translators with the experience and skills to provide quick turnaround of work without sacrificing accuracy. In fact, Rogers writes that the UN is looking to increase its staff of translators from 450 to 500 to keep up with demand, which presents a unique opportunity to become part of such a prestigious and multicultural team.