The following Translator Q & A is part of our Translator FAQ Series.
Question: Can you help explain how to be a translator?
Answer: Yes, we would be happy to explain how to be a translator. Before starting on this answer please familiarize yourself with the answers to these two questions within our FAQ as well:
1) What experience is required to become a translator?
2) What is the best way to get trained as a translator?
3) Should I become a translator?
Now that you have read those answers we can get straight to the heart of your question. To be a translator you need to be an expert in at least two languages, you need to be familiar with translation industry best practices and ethics, and you need to either get hired by a translation agency or start your own freelance translation business.
While in theory anyone can become a translator, that is free with almost any career. Similar to most other careers becoming a highly paid and in-demand translator takes a lot of work, training, and daily practice.