Where do translation professionals normally work?
Everywhere. A freelancer can work out of their home—or even at the beach, if they have good concentration skills and a bit of shade that allows them to read the screen of their laptop. If you work for an agency, you still may find yourself telecommuting. Or you might be cubicle/ office-based. If you choose to do medical or legal interpreting, you might find yourself working at a hospital or a medical center, or at a courthouse, etc. If you work for the U.S. State Department, you might work in a governmental office, for an agency with branches across the country, or even outside the U.S. And don’t forget those ubiquitous interviews on the news that you hear translated everywhere—you might work for a local news group or a wire association such as the Associated Press. If you work for a company that’s been hired by a governmental organization, such as the E.U., you might well work at home and then periodically travel to a worksite. Indeed, in many parts of the translation industry, you might travel periodically to onsite job locations. Really, the sky’s the limit here.
-By Adriana Tassini
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