The Interpretation and Translation Diploma is designed to educate bilingual students to develop their skills and prepare for a career as a professional interpreter and translator. As the Siouxland community becomes more diverse, the need for interpreters and translators continues to grow in health care, social services, education and legal settings.
The average salary for interpreters is $38,000 (Iowa EMSICC). Typical job duties include:
- 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.
- Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.
- Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.
- Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.
- Compile information on content and context of information to be translated and on intended audience.