How to become a translator

Convert written words from one language to another, accurately preserving the meaning and sentiment.

Pathways to this career

1. Complete an advanced diploma in translating as required by NAATI (National Accreditation Authority for Translators).

2. Prove English proficiency by a) taking a formal test, b) completing an undergraduate degree that meets the English proficiency requirements of NAATI, or c) prove native multilingualism, speaking one or more languages at home while completing primary, secondary and tertiary schooling in English.

3. Pass an Intercultural and Ethical Competency test.

4. Join industry associations like AUSIT (Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators), for industry support, ongoing professional development and networking opportunities.

What does a translator do?

As a language and communication professional, translators help people understand written content that was originally published in a different language.

Duties and tasks

  • Answer questions pertaining to differing cultures and languages.
  • Assist customers and businesses with differing cultures and languages.
  • Convert one spoken or written language to another.
  • Ensure adequate understanding of translations.
  • Instantaneously interpret and translate vast amounts of information.

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