Sign Language Interpreting Program
The Sign Language Interpreting field is ever expanding. The need for qualified interpreters has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Settings can include educational, business or government agencies. Interpreters may also work in part-time, full-time, freelance and salaried positions.
Today’s advancement in technology has provided another arena for sign language interpreters. With the aid of video phones, Deaf or Hard of Hearing people can use Video Relay Services to make phone calls. Using these video phones, a person can dial into a call center where interpreters are ready to interpret the call.
Additionally, there are specialty areas requiring skills and training beyond general interpreting. These may include platform/conference work, medical or mental health and legal situations.
Salaries for interpreters vary depending on education, credentials and geographical location. Working for an agency, business, government organization or school system, entry level interpreters can expect to earn $30,000 or more per year. Experienced and certified interpreters can expect to earn up to $70,000 per year.
We hope we have given you a glimpse into the profession of sign language interpreting. Our goal is to train and support our graduates, making them ready to enter this dynamic and exciting career.