A recent USA Todayreport listed interpretation and translation-related employment as the fourth fastest growing industry in the country. Interpreters typically deal with oral communication while translators work with written text.
From 2002 to 2012, employment grew 171 percent, with 31,720 jobs added in that ten-year span. This trend is the result of both demographic shifts and overseas business expansion. The Spanish-speaking population in the U.S. continues to grow, particularly in border states like California, Texas, and Arizona. This has created a need on the most basic state and municipal level for interpretation services at schools and government offices.
On the business side, large-scale international companies who deal with partners and clients in countries worldwide need to communicate in multiple languages to facilitate business transactions. Both trends combined have created a surge in demand for both interpreters and translators.