Medical onsite interpretation (Florida) - working directly for end client?
Thread poster: Adriana Johnston
Adriana Johnston  Identity Verified
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Oct 9, 2007

Hi, everyone, I occassionaly get called by interpreting agencies to do medical onsite interpretations and I know that they have a set rate they charge the client, and the interpreter that does the actual work, gets only a portion of it.
I was wondering if you work directly with the client; per say the Doctor or clinic, What is the interpreter going rate in Tampa Fl?

Is there anyone that works directly with the client? If so, Do you have to be a "company", Do you come up with your own contract agreement?

Please help me out as I am trying to start providing services directly to client.

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Marcelo González  Identity Verified
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Hospitals and clinics might be a better option Oct 11, 2007

You might consider applying for full- or part-time (or even "on-call") positions with hospitals/health-care providers. This way, you'll get a feel for what the market pays (outside the context of translation/interpretation agencies).

I've seen health-care interpreter positions on Career Builder; you might want to take a look. About a year ago, I was offered a full-time position at a hospital in California that paid about $16 an hour. Salaries in Tampa might be somewhat similar (given the similar need for interpreters in south Florida).

As for getting direct clients, this might be much more of a challenge...

Another thing to consider is preparation. I don't know if you've completed any coursework in the field, but if you haven't (and you don't mind Miami), you might want to look into Miami Dade College's Translation & Interpretation program. Though I can't speak on the quality of its instruction, on paper it looks like a good program, especially at in-state tuition rates. They may have some courses you might like to take (that is, if you can live in another part of the state for a while).

A final recommendation is that you visit the website of the California Healthcare Interpreting Association, which has excellent info (including loads of useful links) on the field in general.


Good luck!

Marcelo


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