Helpful Definition for: Interpretation & Translation Services
Interpretation and translation services are businesses that provide qualified interpreters and/or translators to businesses, governmental agencies and private clients for a variety of needs including conducting international business, understanding courtroom proceedings, providing medical treatment and translating personal documents. Interpreters are linguistic professionals who can translate from one language to another and back on the spot without using reference materials, and while making certain that any idioms or culturally-specific references spoken by one party are understandable to the other. Interpreters and translators must both be fluent in English and at least one other language at the level of an educated native speaker of that language. Most professional interpreters possess bachelor's degrees; many also have postgraduate training. Translators, who may work either from home or on-site when translating the documents assigned to them, also generally have college degrees; many go on to obtain professional certification. In today's global economy, interpretation and translation services are in ever-increasing demand.