Is there a job market out there for global or international translation experts?
I’m assuming that you’re asking whether one can translate for other parts of the world, or whether one can only work in one’s own back yard? The answer to this question is, “Heavens, yes.” Translation is one of the more easily globalized professions. But this is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, English is currently the lingua franca of the tech, medical, and business world. So anywhere there’s business taking place across the globe is fair game for your services. On the other hand, it also means that anyone anywhere in the world who has ever taken an English course may feel—wrongfully or rightfully so—that he or she is now capable of hanging out a shingle as an English-language translator. So your competition will be as global as you are. On yet another, third hand, this is a simple situation of buyer beware—and one where having stellar credentials will make you stand out.
-By Adriana Tassini
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