State of Interpreting

The current state of interpreting as I see it. From agency practices to interpreting wages, I try to shed some light on challenges, barriers and opportunities in the interpreting profession right now.

5 posts
State of Interpreting: Interpreters as a commodity

State of Interpreting: Interpreters as a commodity

As external pressures continue to push down the billable rates by the Federal Communications Commission for VRS providers, the demand for video interpreters to have maximum uptime increases (after all, utilization is where the billable time comes from).…


May 08, 2018
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State of Interpreting: The career track for interpreters

State of Interpreting: The career track for interpreters

Interpreters, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, hit the ground running out of their four-year degrees. Passionate to work, they focus on passing their RID certification (or, BEI, or state-administered licensure test).…


May 04, 2018
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State of Interpreting: The problem with scaling

State of Interpreting: The problem with scaling

As mentioned earlier, agencies have little savings from growth and scale. In fact, as an agency matures and takes on larger contracts, there might be increased costs with usage reports...…


Apr 26, 2018
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State of Interpreting, 2018: Introduction

State of Interpreting, 2018: Introduction

There are two primary groups that create the interpreting industry: agencies and interpreters. The sign language interpreting field is not sustainable. I have identified three areas that need to be addressed; each presents new challenges and new opportunities.…


Apr 24, 2018
3 min read
State of Interpreting, 2018: The Peter Principle

State of Interpreting, 2018: The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle says that a university, agency, or VRS provider will evaluate an employee (or, an interpreter) based on their ability to excel in their current position...…


Apr 23, 2018
1 min read