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<p>The services of a deaf interpreter are always in demand, due to the fact that there is a big gap in communication between the deaf and hearing worlds. The work of an interpreter involves the conversion of a thought, the speaker’s intent in a source language, in this case a silent language, into an expression with a matching meaning in a target language, in this case a spoken language. The interpretation can also be performed from the spoken language to a sign language, and so a deaf interpreter is often a hearing person who has the ability to translate spoken language into a specific sign language. Interpretation is not translation, as the latter involves transference of meaning with the translator having time to access resources to produce an accurate verbal or written rendering of the information. Transliteration in sign language interpreting involves the transfer of spoken English into a signed form of English, which is different from American Sign Language (ASL). It is interesting to note that the training involved to become an interpreter for the deaf is somewhat brief, while the salaries are elevated and jobs quite abundant. </p> <p><strong>Training for Interpretation</strong><br/> Different modes of interpretation exist that include simultaneous, consecutive, whispered, relay, and liaison, while the different types are for the purposes of conferences, judicial, public sector, escort and medical, as well as media and sign language. The job of a deaf interpreter is to render a speaker’s meaning into the appropriate sign language of the recipient of the message. Alternately, an interpreter voices the message of a deaf person expressing themselves in sign language. Some interpretation is between different types of sign languages that are too different for the deaf persons involved to effectively communicate with one another. Training to become a deaf interpreter requires the pre-requisite of being highly skilled in ASL, followed by enrollment in a college program that can last over one year. Educational requirements of sign language interpreters are: 1) graduating from a recognized interpreter training program; 2) becoming a member of an Association of Verbal Interpreters; and 3) Getting certified by Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID). Other important qualifications include excellent reading, writing, and verbal expressive skills in English, in addition to fluency in ASL.</p> <p><strong>Salary and Jobs</strong><br/> If you are considering becoming a deaf interpreter, you can find work in public administration, education (elementary and secondary schools, post-secondary institutions, and schools for the deaf), professional, scientific, and technical services. There is no shortage of opportunities and you can be employed by institutions, work on a freelance basis and for interpreter referral services. The salary range varies according to experience and work load, as interpreters for the deaf community can be paid by the hour (ranging from $12 to $40 per hour), half-days, and full working days. The average yearly salary ranges from $46,000 to $52,000 according to 2007 estimates, although highly skilled interpreters earn over $100,000 yearly income.</p> <p>The job of a deaf interpreter is satisfying in many ways, as demand for skilled sign language interpreters is high, the salary compensation is also attractive, and jobs are always available, while the training and certification require less than a two-year commitment.</p>
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