Interpreters and Translators (27-3091)

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

For an explanation of the data, click on the question mark next to the heading.

Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 6567 3.13 36
United States 68,20080,300 17.73,400 3,2007,810

Job outlook

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

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 27.4013.5418.15 24.9234.4245.37
Alaska 26.6412.0619.73 25.6532.7742.55
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 24.5711.4718.67 23.3230.3238.24

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
7912 15.269.9 58.9
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation17
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation8
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 100
Number of job position postings 3
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 33.3

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

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

Training Resources

ALC Adult Learning Center   (Anchorage)
Spanish Classes

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

Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Languages BA

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

University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Applied Linguistics BA
Applied Linguistics MA
Foreign Language BA
Linguistics BA
Native Language Education AAS
Native Language Education CT2
Yup'ik Eskimo BA

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 BA
Yup'ik Language Proficiency AAS
Yup'ik Language Proficiency CT2