What does a Translator do?

Translators convert information and language information and words from one language to another. They convert concepts from source languages to equivalent concepts in a target language and compile information and technical terms into glossary and terminology databases. They speak, read, and write fluently in at least two languages, one of which is typically English. They relay the original language’s style and tone and render spoken messages accurately, quickly, and clearly.

Translators apply cultural knowledge to assist with meaningful interpretations or translations of an original message. They aim to have people understand a translation as though it's the original written or spoken material. They do their job intending to duplicate the original text or message’s integrity, intention, structure, and style. They must properly transmit cultural references which includes slang and other expressions that do not have a literal translation. Translators need a bachelor's degree and proficiency in at least two languages, one of which is typically English.

What responsibilities are common for Translator jobs?
  • Assist with the creation of presentations and events.
  • Compile information, such as technical terms, to be used in translations and check translations of technical terms and terminology to ensure that they are accurate and remain consistent throughout translation revisions.
  • Provide translation and transcription services to include the translation of written, electronic and multimedia material.
  • Materials include, but are not limited to: business, legal, medical, technical, documents, software, website localization for video subtitling and captioning.
  • Be able to leverage resources to ensure appropriate and accurate translation.
  • Take an active role in sustaining transliteration standards of the client's practices and operations.
What are the typical qualifications for Translator jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in language.
  • Can problem solve for clients with confidence and leadership.
  • Fluency in applicable languages.
  • Strong multitasking skills and attention to details.
  • Able to fix errors and clarify terms.
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Translator Salaries near Australia

Average Base Pay

$75,600 /yr
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Translator Career Path

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Language Matters Recruitment ConsultantsLanguage Matters Recruitment Consultants
28 Aug 2021

“I rejoined after many years and get regular assignments that fit my interests and decent pay.”

Priority Dispatch Corp.Priority Dispatch Corp.
Spanish Translator
11 Oct 2022

“Working on translations since second week which is great because it is what I am here for.”

Freelance Translator
31 July 2023

“The people working there are the best people I have had the chance to work with.”

Cactus CommunicationsCactus Communications
2 Feb 2022

“High and good payment”

Tu-Voz Contact CenterTu-Voz Contact Center
9 Oct 2023

“I liked it that it was a hybrid work so that I could handle my spare and working hours better.”

International Committee of the Red CrossInternational Committee of the Red Cross
27 May 2022

“It is a well organized institution with a lot of opportunities to grow and build a career.”

911 Interpreters911 Interpreters
20 Nov 2023

“Sometimes unplanned holidays which are not paid”

NYU (New York University)NYU (New York University)
17 Jan 2023

“Good good good good good”

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