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Careers in ASL Interpreting

Q. What does an American Sign Language Interpreter do?

A. An American Sign Language Interpreter serves as a communication link between deaf/hard of hearing individuals and individuals who can hear.

American Sign Language Interpreters must be proficient in two languages: American Sign Language (ASL) and English. Interpreting requires linguistic competence, cognitive flexibility (ability to process information rapidly and correctly), physical stamina, bicultural knowledge and finesse, adherence to professional ethics, and a well-developed general knowledge base.

Q. Where does an American Sign Language Interpreter work?

A. An American Sign Language Interpreter works in a variety of settings. These include, but are not limited to, the following: educational, medical, legal, religious, community, video relay, metal health, employment and social services.

Q. What are some of the working conditions for an American Sign Language Interpreter?

A. Working conditions vary according to the employment site. Employment hours and location vary as well. Some interpreters are employed in full time, permanent positions while others are employed part time, temporary positions. Interpreters may be classified as staff, independent contractors, or may be employed through professional interpreting agencies. Two helpful links here...

Student using sign language.

Art piece: Deaf Culture ASL.