What do you specialize in?
Thread poster: Sam Haugh

Sam Haugh  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 15:25
Japanese to English
Jun 17, 2014

Hello,

I am currently a novice translator and I am just doing some information gathering.
If you could develop a particular specializing in Japanese to English translation, what would be specialize in?

I was thinking of starting to specialize in technical translation because there seems to be a large number of work out there. Manuals etc.

What has the most demand, what pays the most? The answers to these sorts of questions would be great!

Regards,

Sam


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Thomas Erwin
Japan
Local time: 15:25
Japanese to English
I was wondering the exact same thing! Nov 16, 2014

Anybody…?

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xxxtietzes
Japanese to German
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good idea Nov 17, 2014

SamHaugh wrote:

I was thinking of starting to specialize in technical translation because there seems to be a large number of work out there. Manuals etc.


Good idea, but nowadays, it's always better to be hyper-specialized, even in (former) exotic language pairs such as JA-EN. JA-EN patent translations are always in demand. But you have to know your stuff. It's not easy and you have to have an interest in (and a certain passion for, if possible) the subject area(s) as well.

I'm rather interested in finance and legal topics, so technical translation is not an option for me.


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