Convert the writings of one language to another, retaining the precise meaning of the original text.
As a translator, you will find opportunities in federal, state and territory government departments concerned with immigration, legal issues and law enforcement, social security and education. Organisations such as hospitals, banks, airines and tourism agencies may also have opportunities for you.
Translating occupations are fairly stable, with an adequate supply rate in the major languages in demand. Problems may arise in obtaining suitably skilled people in minority community languages, such as some African languages. The languages in demand change from time to time, particularly in relation to recent immigration arrivals. Arabic and Asian languages are currently in demand.
Most translators in Australia work as freelancers, casuals or contractors.
The following study pathway shows the most common and direct route for a UWA student to pursue this career.
Recommended majors include:
Other relevant majors include:
Postgraduate study is not required for this occupation, but may be helpful for career advancement.Relevant postgraduate courses include: