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Translators and interpreters convert and transmit information from one language to another. A skilled translator should be fluent in two or more languages. In addition to being able to read and write in those languages, a translator should also have the skills to understand nuances of various cultures in which interpreted languages are spoken.

A translator is capable of working with a variety of clients who have different needs. Work might include translation services for event speakers, translating conversations between two or more individuals, and translating books, instruction guides, and subtitles for films.

In this section, we will cover a sample job description, exploring the daily responsibilities and necessary qualifications for a translator. 

The Job Overview

We are hiring a translator to join our project team. You will work alongside other Spanish translators and report directly to the project manager. Your main tasks will include translating documents, recording video captions, and translating our website. To succeed in this role you should have a natural understanding of Spanish and a good grasp of grammar.


Below are some of the responsibilities a translator is expected to assume in their position:  

  • Translate content within documents, web pages, and software
  • Maintain translation database by using translation management software
  • Provide quality assurance for the translation process
  • Work with a wide range of media and translation software
  • Resolve issues associated with translation, localization, and culture 
  • Engage with other departments to provide translation services
  • Implement feedback and changes whenever possible 
Job Qualifications and Skill Sets

Below are the qualifications expected of a translator:

  • Bachelor's degree in communications or linguistics 
  • Minimum five years experience in the translation field
  • Proficiency in translation tools and software such as Déjà Vu, memoQ, Wordfast, and Trados 
  • Knowledge of the translation process, terminology, and localization techniques 
  • Familiarity with localization guidelines and standards
  • Ability to convert written materials into a second language 
  • Excellent translation, writing, and communication skills 
  • Fluency in at least two of the target languages 
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite


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