CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Interpreters and Translators

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Interpreters and Translators
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another. Follow ethical codes that protect the confidentiality of information.
 
Identify and resolve conflicts related to the meanings of words, concepts, practices, or behaviors.
 
Translate messages simultaneously or consecutively into specified languages, orally or by using hand signs, maintaining message content, context, and style as much as possible.
 
Proofread, edit, and revise translated materials.
 
Check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.
 
Read written materials, such as legal documents, scientific works, or news reports, and rewrite material into specified languages.
 
Refer to reference materials, such as dictionaries, lexicons, encyclopedias, and computerized terminology banks, as needed to ensure translation accuracy.
 
Compile terminology and information to be used in translations, including technical terms such as those for legal or medical material.
 
Adapt translations to students' cognitive and grade levels, collaborating with educational team members as necessary.
 
Listen to speakers' statements to determine meanings and to prepare translations, using electronic listening systems as necessary.
 
Check original texts or confer with authors to ensure that translations retain the content, meaning, and feeling of the original material.
 
Compile information on content and context of information to be translated and on intended audience.
 
Discuss translation requirements with clients and determine any fees to be charged for services provided.
 
Adapt software and accompanying technical documents to another language and culture.
 
Educate students, parents, staff, and teachers about the roles and functions of educational interpreters.
 
Train and supervise other translators or interpreters.
 
Travel with or guide tourists who speak another language.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Interpreters and Translators
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Foreign Language Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Interpreters and Translators
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Interpreters and Translators
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
 
Auditory Attention The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Interpreters and Translators
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
 
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Interpreters and Translators
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Administrative Aide
American Sign Language Interpreter (ASL Interpreter)
Arabic Translator
Bilingual Interpreter
Bilingual Secretary
Braille Translator
Conference Interpreter
Conference Translator
Court Interpreter
Deaf Interpreter
Diplomatic Interpreter
Educational Interpreter
Foreign Language Interpreter
Freelance Translator
Interpreter
Interpreter for the Deaf
Language Translator
Linguist
Medical Interpreter
Paraprofessional Interpreter
Per Diem Interpreter
Sign Language Interpreter
Sign Language Translator
Spanish Interpreter
Technical Translator
Translator
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Services
Job Family: Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Interpreters and Translators
 
 
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