What is a specialist translator?
A specialist translator deals with the translation of technically demanding texts from marketing, technology, science or other disciplines. In addition to excellent language skills in two languages, the profession therefore also requires expertise in a specific field.
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A specialist translator is a translator who has subject-specific knowledge and can therefore translate demanding, scientific or technical texts into the desired language.
While a general translator tends to deal with simple texts aimed at a general audience, the assignments of a specialist translator have a high density of technical terms and are aimed at an expert audience.
The salary depends on the type of employment or freelance work and also on the federal state in which the translation service is provided. On average, a specialist translator earns £32,700 per year.
There is no specific training, as the profession of specialist translator is not officially recognised. Most translators specialise sooner or later, which makes their work easier. However, lateral entrants can also translate specialist texts as they usually have subject-specific expertise.
Most specialist translators work freelance for a wide range of clients. Others work in translation agencies or in project management.
The fields of expertise are diverse. Translators are primarily required in the fields of marketing, law, medicine, science, technology, engineering and business.