Interpreters and Translators (27-3091)

Occupation description:  Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.

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Employment and Job Openings

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 4143 4.90 11
United States 61,00078,500 28.71,750 9702,720

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 24.6412.2016.46 22.1729.7839.91
Alaska 26.1811.7117.69 27.2733.5039.02

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
6710 14.972.1 59.0
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation15
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation5
UI claimants previously working in occupation3
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 86
Number of job position postings 2
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 43.0

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: Short-term on-the-job training

Training Resources

ALC Adult Learning Center   (Anchorage)
Spanish Classes

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Inupiaq Language I Certificate
Inupiaq Language II Certificate

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Languages Bac

University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Alutiiq Language OEC

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Applied Linguistics Mas
Foreign Languages Bac
Inupiaq Eskimo Bac
Japanese Studies Bac
Linguistics Bac
Native Language Education AAS
Native Language Education CT2
Yup'ik Eskimo Bac

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Chukchi   (Kotzebue)
Native Language Education AAS
Native Language Education CT2

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim   (Bethel)
Native Language Education AAS
Native Language Education CT2
Yup'ik Language and Culture Bac
Yup'ik Language Proficiency AAS
Yup'ik Language Proficiency CT2