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Career

Translator

Translators are responsible for converting written documents from one language to another while maintaining the texts original meaning and integrity. This is a task which can vary in complexity depending on document type, which ranges from books, technical journal articles and instructions to letters. Translators may study the original text in depth, consult dictionaries and phrasebooks or seek advice from other experts to ensure accuracy. They may also specialise in a particular language or text type (for example legal documents).

To work as a translator in Australia, accreditation with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) is required. This can be achieved through completion of an accredited undergraduate degree or by successfully completing a NAATI test. A thorough knowledge of language structures and practices as well as fluency in at least two languages are essential characteristics of translators who may find employment with government departments responsible for immigration, law enforcement, defence, foreign affairs, trade and community welfare. The private sector also employs professionals in this field; employers include travel and tourist agencies, international businesses, financial institutions and healthcare providers. Membership with AUSIT, the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators is often necessary for employment. This is a body which regulates the industry and provides codes for practice and ethical guidelines.