What is a translator?
A translator is a person who transfers written texts from one language to another. A professional translator has a keen sense of the source language and the target language, which he or she uses, for example, to translate novels, non-fiction books, press releases, presentations and certificates.
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While an interpreter translates the spoken word orally into another language in real time, a translator works in writing and can take more time to deal with the source text.
Most translators are freelance and work either for translation agencies or directly for the end client. In some large companies, you can also find employed translators but this is the exception rather than the rule. Some translators also choose to work as project managers in the course of their career, to act as a link between translator and client.
A translator transfers texts from one source language into another. To do this, they first analyse the individual passages in order to then transcribe the text passages correctly.
There are different ways to become a translator. In various parts of Germany, you can take a state examination to become a translator, and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) also offers corresponding examinations. Graduates with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in linguistics are particularly sought-after on the labour market because they have the extensive skills needed for this profession.
The starting salary of a translator is on average £1,700 gross per month. Depending on the qualification and employer, earnings may vary upwards or downwards. Salaries are above average in the public sector, amounting to £4,200 gross.
During the course of globalisation, many new opportunities have arisen for translators in particular, which is why this professional field is in a fortunate position. If you have the necessary qualifications, you can choose from a wide range of industries. Machine translations such as Google Translate and DeepL are not yet sophisticated enough to replace humans.