Sign language interpreting is a rapidly expanding field. Schools, government agencies, hospitals, court systems, and private businesses employ interpreters. Interpreters work in a variety of settings including medical, legal, religious, mental health, rehabilitation, performing arts and business.
As you begin your journey of discovery into the profession, we hope that you will utilize RID as the go-to resource and consider how RID membership would benefit you at this stage of your development.
The Field of Interpreting – Opportunities and Growth
The field of interpretation is currently in an exciting period of growth as a career profession. As we work to eliminate the perception of interpretation as just a “job” that any individual with an interest can undertake, we are seeing the field gain a momentum in reputation that encompasses quality and respect. With supply not meeting the current demand, interpreters have become an invaluable tool in communication access between Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.
Interpreting is a human service related field that is utilized in a myriad of different life situations, such as medical, mental health, law, education, etc. An interpreter, who must uphold the Code of Professional Conduct, is a bilingual and bicultural professional working in a true profession and should be regarded as such.
Because interpreters are key to communication access, RID strives to maintain high standards for members in various ways, including credentials, continuing education and standard practice papers.
If you are thinking of interpreting as a career, we hope that this information will be helpful in your decision-making process. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact RID Headquarters at 703-838-0030. Learn more about interpreting as a career.
The Art of Interpreting….
- Is the process of transmitting spoken English into American Sign Language (ASL) and/or gestures for communication between Deaf and hearing individuals;
- Enhances the quality of interaction between the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities;
- Serves as a tool in bridging communication gaps;
- Is a profession that is highly dynamic and sophisticated;
- Offers a career that allows one to grow with each knowledge building experience.
What It Takes
- A committed individual to not only achieve certification but to also maintain and grow the skills needed
- Physical stamina, endurance and the ability to emotionally handle an assignment and adhere to confidentiality
- A great knowledge of the English language and the ability to speak clearly, be audibly heard and to portray the feelings and emotion of the speaker, whether voice or sign interpreting
- An understanding that interpreting is a complex process that requires linguistic, cognitive and technical skills
Practice of Interpreting
Sign language interpreting is a rapidly expanding field. Schools, government agencies, hospitals, court systems and private businesses employ interpreters. Interpreters work in a variety of settings including medical, legal, religious, mental health, rehabilitation, performing arts and business.
The interpreting field is experiencing an increase in demand for qualified interpreters. This is due, in part, with t