Translation Industry in U.S.

Translation Industry in the U.S.


Translators convert written information from a language to another language, and must not be mistaken with interpreters, who convert spoken language into another one.

Translation services may be needed in all subject areas, and although some translators do not specialize in any field, many focus on one or more areas of expertise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the translation industry in the U.S. in 2012 can be categorized in the following groups with the most hired translators:

  • Translators by industry




In 2013 in the U.S., translators and interpreters held a total of 63,600 jobs. Of those, 46,060 were full-time employees and the rest were self-employed workers.

In 2013, states with the highest employment of translators and interpreters as full-time employees were:

  • California: (7,870)
  • New-York: (3,700)
  • Texas: (3,470)
  • Florida: (2,480)
  • Virginia: (2,040)

Many organizations that may need translation services: companies, government organizations, non-profit organizations, hospitals, law firms, individuals … really, nearly every sector imaginable. They need translation services for various types of documents such as articles, legal documents, websites, brochures, catalogs, manuals, videos and many more. For companies, one of the most significant area that translation services can help to improve is their international communication.


Although a bachelor’s degree is a key to become a translator, the main required job skill is to be fluent in at least two languages. An educational background in a particular field of study can also provide a natural area of subject-matter expertise. There is no official certification required for translators, but many associations offer licenses, certification or registration. The American Translators Association (ATA), for example, provides certification in 26 languages pairs and has approximately 11,000 members all over the U.S. Computer proficiency is also a success key for translation jobs, since translators today use computer translating tools.

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