Owing to the world coming closer with each passing day and increased interactions between countries, communication becomes a major skill. With 196 countries worldwide and only 50 of these where English is spoken, it becomes necessary to be well versed in other languages as well. The most commonly spoken language in the world is Mandarin Chinese followed by Spanish and English. Also, most of the prestigious educational institutes require a student to have a third language.
Also there is a plethora of literature all round the world is written in the native languages that need to be shared. The world is becoming a smaller place; giving impetus to the growth of Translators and Interpreters. To briefly differentiate between the two, the translator does the translation between two languages in written mode of communication; whereas the Interpreter does it orally. He is the one we see helping different world leaders communicate on common platforms.
In order to become a Translator/ Interpreter, one needs to be well versed in two languages i.e. the source language and the target language. There are courses offering the training in the same; not to be confused with language courses which are very different. Following are some of the institutes offering these courses:
- Max Mueller Bhavan for German
- Alliance Francaise for French
- Cervantes for Spanish
- Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (CIEFL) in Hyderabad
- Also Jadavpur University, Calcutta University, and Mumbai University
Languages such as German, Russian, Spanish and French have a great scope in the near future. However, a large number of people going for these languages may tighten the competition between Interpreters/Translators. The more uncommon languages such as Japanese, Hebrew, and Arabic also have a good scope and lesser competition. You could also consider becoming a language tutor.
Earnings can range from anywhere between Rs. 10,000 to 1 lakh depending upon the assignments.
This profession, however, requires you to be up to date with the modern day changes in the languages and to keep increasing your vocabulary in order to sustain in the longer run.