What does a Translator do?

Translators convert information and language information and words from one language to another. They convert concepts from source languages to equivalent concepts in a target language and compile information and technical terms into glossary and terminology databases. They speak, read, and write fluently in at least two languages, one of which is typically English. They relay the original language’s style and tone and render spoken messages accurately, quickly, and clearly.

Translators apply cultural knowledge to assist with meaningful interpretations or translations of an original message. They aim to have people understand a translation as though it's the original written or spoken material. They do their job intending to duplicate the original text or message’s integrity, intention, structure, and style. They must properly transmit cultural references which includes slang and other expressions that do not have a literal translation. Translators need a bachelor's degree and proficiency in at least two languages, one of which is typically English.

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Work/Life Balance
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Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Translator Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹26,367 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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₹11T
Median: ₹26T
₹52T
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Translator Career Path

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Translator Insights

Read what Translator professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
iD Tech CampsiD Tech Camps
Translator (Japanese to English)
19 Jan 2021

“The lunch was always really good and I felt very happy to work with my coworkers and the students.”

Language Matters Recruitment ConsultantsLanguage Matters Recruitment Consultants
Translator
28 Aug 2021

“I rejoined after many years and get regular assignments that fit my interests and decent pay.”

International Consulting TechnologyInternational Consulting Technology
Interpreter/Translator
2 Jun 2020

“ICT gives me great job opportunities since 2016 and I am very satisfying for my jobs.”

WiseTech GlobalWiseTech Global
Software Translator
11 Jan 2020

“Not sure if the salary review policy is still the same as it was when I left in 2016.”

E4NET
Freelance Translator
9 Jan 2021

“That's why I said this is a good place "to start your career."”

United NationsUnited Nations
Translator
19 May 2021

“There are not many opportunities for career growth once you land in a job in these areas.”

Angel OneAngel One
Translation
27 Oct 2020

“Good and nice Ambience to work with”

JanssenJanssen
Translator
18 Nov 2020

“Very political and impossible to progress your career unless you know the right people.”

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