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Career and Education Opportunities for Interpreters in Washington

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its most populous city is Seattle.

About 970 people are currently employed as interpreters in Washington. By 2016, this is expected to grow 19% to 1,160 people employed. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for interpreters are expected to grow by about 22.2%. Interpreters generally translate or interpret written, oral, or sign language text into another language for others.

A person working as an interpreter can expect to earn about $19 hourly or $40,100 per year on average in Washington and about $18 per hour or $38,850 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Interpreters work in a variety of jobs, including: freelance translator, braille translator, and sign language interpreter.

In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. Approximately 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Laser Fantasy International, the History House, and the Art Museum Charles & Emma Frye.

CITIES WITH Interpreter OPPORTUNITIES IN Washington


JOB DESCRIPTION: Interpreter

Interpreter video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, interpreters translate or interpret written, oral, or sign language text into another language for others.

Every day, interpreters are expected to be able to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. They need to speak clearly. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

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LOCATION INFORMATION: Washington

Washington
Washington photo by Kelvin Kay

Washington has a population of 6,664,195, which has grown by 13.07% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Evergreen State," its capital is Olympia, though its largest city is Seattle. In 2008, there were a total of 4,012,270 jobs in Washington. The average annual income was $42,747 in 2008, up from $41,919 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Washington was 8.9% in 2009, which has grown by 3.5% since the previous year. About 27.7% of Washington residents have college degrees, which is higher than the national average.

The top industries in Washington include software publishers, offices of dentists, and overhead traveling crane, hoist, and monorail system manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Birthplace of Seattle Log House Museum, the History House, and the Boeing and Eames IMAX Theatres.