Language translator has emerged as one of the lucrative career options in India. Many colleges are conducting various courses and are imparting quality education in the field of language translation.

Careers in Language Translation

Language translators are the people who translate/interpret the content (text) of the source language into target language. It is the process of communicating the same message without changing its meaning. The job of a language translator is not merely confined to substitution of words, but also he/she should convey the meaning and the underlying concept of the text in the most effective and convincing manner. A person interested in building career in the field of language translation should possess a thorough knowledge of the source language and have clear understanding of the target language as well.

A language translator requires analytical skills and good command over both the languages (source and target) he/she should be proficient in reading, speaking as well as writing in both the aforementioned languages. He/she should strive to maintain accuracy in translation. The person must be clear about the meaning to be communicated. Research work is necessary before translating any piece of work. In the current scenario, a language translator needs to have knowledge about computers as well. Apart from this, dedication and commitment towards the work is also required.

Course Details
No specific course or training is imparted in the field of language translation. Any one with command over both source and target languages can pursue a career in this field. A graduate in any field with specialization in any foreign language, proficiency in English and basic computer knowledge is eligible to apply. Numerous institutions in India are now imparting training in foreign language as well as in English. One can enroll into these programs after 10+2 or after graduation. The programs are available at degree, diploma and certificate levels.

Career Prospects
One can opt for career in language translation on full-time as well as part-time basis. Efficient language translators are required in every field, whether it is judiciary, medical or any other technical field. Embassies and other institutions having business at the international level are on demand of highly skilled language translators. Numerous multi national companies are now looking for good language translators, in order to expand their business. After pursing a course in language translation, one can not only work as a language translator of a written text, but also opt for translating conversations as well.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Several institutions in India are now offering programs to learn foreign language, which opens up the opportunity of working as language translators in India. Some of the prominent institutions are School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) (Hyderabad), Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi), University of Delhi (New Delhi), Indo - Italian Chamber of Commerce (Mumbai), Ram Krishna Mission (Kolkata), Indo-Japan Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (Chennai), Pune University (Pune) and Rajasthan University (Rajasthan).

Remuneration in the field of language translation varies from project to project and from organization to organization. A beginner can earn between Rs. 10000- Rs15000 per month. Experience will add to the remuneration.

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