A Translator interprets one written or spoken language into another written or spoken language. A translator may translate simultaneously or consecutively and may be bi- or multi-lingual.

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

Skills required

  • Adjust to diverse social situations
  • Communicate effectively and fluently in different languages
  • Convey information to and from businesses and customers
  • Demonstrate research skills to address varying business aspects
  • Education and experience in diverse cultures and languages
  • Monitor and assess business and customer social situations

Working conditions

Translators work in a variety of fields dependent upon linguistic ability. Translators must be available on an emergency basis to ascertain information in a timely manner in urgent situations.

Professional associations / Industry information

The Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) 

The National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters 

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