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Growing demand of interpreters in the USA
Thread poster: Ruben Berrozpe
Ruben Berrozpe  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
Jul 24, 2006

This piece of news appeared in the Yahoo main page today.

"... Interpreters trained in medical terminology, especially those speaking Spanish, are in high demand as the country's population becomes more and more diverse, said Cindy Roat of the American Translators Association. The boom in Hispanic population has led to the Spanish demand, but there's short supply of speakers of other languages as well..."

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060723/ap_on_he_me/apn_spanish_interpreters

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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It seems to be the case Jul 24, 2006

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.


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Ruben Berrozpe  Identity Verified
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If the laws of the market work... Jul 24, 2006

... that should eventually change. It's funny how you sometimes find employers supposedly "desperate" to find workers but unwilling to pay for what they're worth. Over here in Spain it's still common among employees in certain sectors to feel like they've been 'graciously' granted the possibility to work for a ridiculous wage.

But I'm drifting off topic here...


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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Dios te oiga Jul 25, 2006

...te dé muchos hijos y con qué mantenerlos. En todos lados cuecen habas. Saludos...

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Cristina Golab  Identity Verified
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How sad! Jul 31, 2006

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.


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