Careers in Interpreting

As Deaf people pursue new fields, enter new professions and take on diverse careers, the need for qualified interpreters continues to grow. American Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreting continues to be a burgeoning career path.

Student talks with two ASL interpreters at an outdoor Ohlone event.With the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), both public and private agencies and business are now required to provide communication access to their employees and customers. Many states have additional laws requiring the provision of communication access. One way to provide access is through the use of Sign Language interpreters. There is a perpetual shortage of interpreting professionals in all settings. Interpreters are needed to work in performing arts, conferences, public schools, universities, law enforcement agencies, courts, medical centers, libraries, government offices, public services agencies, on-the-job training in remote video settings, and virtually all walks of life.

Interpreters work in private practice (freelance), on staff, or are contacted agencies which provide interpreting services.

Ohlone College ASL-English Interpreter Preparation Program (IPP) graduates have filled positions in community, educational and business settings which require interpreters or interpreter supervisors. Some graduates choose to continue their education and pursue degrees in Counseling, Social Work, Deaf Education or other fields of study which incorporate skills gained in the IPP.