How important is it to have a degree in translation to work in the translation industry?
Not too much. Look, I don’t have one, and I don’t feel the need to get one. On the other hand, I’m multilingual and have four degrees behind my name already in another field, plus being published in several arenas. So I may not be the best example. On the other hand, most translation professionals are individually unique and as a group, highly accomplished. So you might find, in an average group of translators, a number of folks with advanced and/or multiple degrees. What you wouldn’t necessarily find, however, is a preponderance of folks with a translation degree. Now, to play devil’s advocate, there are agencies and firms with in-house positions—particularly outside of the U.S., where translation is a more common profession--that will want that degree. So if you’re interested, it certainly won’t hurt you. A certification might be just as important, though.
-By Adriana Tassini
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