Henry Hinds wrote:
However, one time I was watching job announcements from Phoenix, AZ for various positions in hospitals, and guess what... the salary for a healthcare interpreter was less than for a janitor.
We have a long way to go.
That's because the profession is still so underestimated. Last year as I waited for my appointment in a hospital, one of the nurses came to ask if someone among the patients could serve as an interpreter. Some lady offered to do so, I just could not believe that!
In Maryland there is (supposed to be) this new legislation that states that public service entities such as schools, hospitals, police stations, etc should have "qualified" interpreters available and public information translated into other languages.