How Do You Become an Interpreter?

How Do You Become an Interpreter?

To become an interpreter, you must be fluent in English and at least one other language. While interpreters may earn college degrees in a variety of disciplines, those who have a background in a particular industry may find more employment opportunities as interpreters within the industry.

  1. Learn to speak two languages fluently

    Complete studies in at least one language other than English. Study a language in high school or college, take private lessons or learn from family members and friends. In addition, study specific cultures by visiting certain countries, reading books, watching movies and similar media or interacting with exchange students.

  2. Earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university

    Earn a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a particular field such as finance, business administration, education or technology, as these fields may require interpreter services.

  3. Complete interpreter training

    Complete interpreter training offered by college and universities, industry associations or employers. Training coursework includes how to interpret during a meeting or during a conference and how to interact with a variety of people.

  4. Earn additional interpreter certifications

    Earn additional interpreter certifications offered by associations such as the National Association for the Deaf, National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators, the International Association of Conference Interpreters and the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters. These certifications help to advance your interpreter career.