Why translation is the fastest-growing career in the country


Whether it’s in a boardroom, on a computer screen, or on their block, Americans are more likely today to interact with people who speak a different language than ever before. The number of Americans who speak languages other than English is at an all-time high. And if you’re bilingual, you might have a leg up on one of the most important professions of tomorrow.

Translation and interpretation services is the fastest-growing industry in the country by job growth, according to a report released last week by the website CareerBuilder. According to the report (which collects data from 90 government sources), the industry is expected to add about 12,400 jobs between 2014 and 2019, or a 36 percent increase.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts a 46 percent increase in translation job opportunities between 2012 and 2022—much higher than the 11 percent average growth for all careers. The only…

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