Looking for reliable stats on interpreters worldwide
Thread poster: Dan Kenig

Dan Kenig  Identity Verified
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Jul 23, 2011

Dear colleagues,

I am a professional conference interpreter trying to find a reliable source/s of statistical data on simultaneous interpreters in the world.

These are the types of questions I am trying to answer:

How many professional simultaneous interpreters are there in the world (across affiliations)? what is the language break-down? and the country break-down?

I checked the AIIC website, where they report nearly 3000 members worldwide in 2010, but there are many other professionals out there who are not AIIC memberl; also, AIIC is strongly Europe-oriented, and I am looking for general global data

Can anyone help me locate reliable info?

Many thanks in advance fo your help
Kind regards


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One source of information on interpreters Jul 25, 2011

Hi Dan - one source is a report called "The Interpreting Marketplace" -- it's available for free with registration on Common Sense Advisory's website (www.commonsenseadvisory.com). It focuses on North America and is not just limited to conference interpreting, but might be helpful to you nonetheless. It shares that many interpreters work across an array of settings.

Also, if you seek any information on telephone interpreting, you can obtain a free copy of my book upon sign-up for a free newsletter on interpreters (www.interprenaut.com).

Hope this is helpful!


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ATA Jul 25, 2011

The ATA website might also help (American Translators Association). There is a directory by state of translators and interpreters, and you can specify which type of services you are looking for in the search.
Most cities in the US have a local chapter of the ATA as well. Of course there are interpreters who are not members of these organizations but they might be able to give you a place to start.

Many people work as "professional" simultaneous interpreters in the United States, however, who shouldn't be, and are only dimly aware of what interpreting actually entails.

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