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If you were looking at become a multiple language translator, would you consider getting a communication and culture degree or maybe something else?

Asked by starshine (576points) March 6th, 2010

I am thinking about becoming a multiple language translator, (this is a sort of continuation of my last question), mostly specializing in mediterranean languages. If you were in my position, do you think that a communication and culture degree would be helpful to me in reaching my career goals, or should I look for something else?
I have also considered a hospitality, travel, and tourism degree, but felt the communication and culture would better serve my desires.
What do you think about this?
Do you know of any other degree programs that are available that may be benefical to this career path?
Thanks for your imput

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mass_pike4's avatar

as long as you have experience and have taken classes for the languages that you have considered focusing on, you are set. Otherwise, taking it forever with focusing no degrees in those fields is just extra ammo. It would look good for for employers if you had a degree in such fields but it is not mandatory, as long as you show that you are fluent and have good knowledge on such topics. Good question though! :)

lilikoi's avatar

Uhh… I would probably want to major in a language or two… If you want to be a translator, study languages not communication or tourism.

La_chica_gomela's avatar

that would be okay,...or you could do this.

starshine's avatar

@lilikoi , I’m not doing language because there are like 5 that I am studying…it makes sense that you would think that though. :)

starshine's avatar

@La_chica_gomela , oh my! I didn’t even know that exisisted! thank you!

Cruiser's avatar

I’d just get Yahoo BabelFish and then hit the bars.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

If you have the flency in the languages, the degrees are almost irrelevant. I frequently serve as a volunteer translator French/English. My degrees are meaningless in this work (of course engineering and history are meaningless in this field). Chances are, the cost of obtaining related degrees would be hard to recoup. Value in this field is related to how well you do the job, not paper certifications.

With the proper degrees, you can use your multilingual ability to move up in a multinational corporation. The degrees needed for this would be management, engineering or systems analysis.

nailpolishfanatic's avatar

yea sure why not? ;D

ParaParaYukiko's avatar

I don’t have any answer that would help you, but I just want to say it’s awesome to find another person who’s so interested in learning multiple languages! If I wasn’t an art student, I would be trying to master Japanese and Spanish, and hopefully become fairly fluent in Chinese and Korean as well.

Good luck with your studies!

starshine's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land , i was kind of starting to feel like it didn’t really matter. Thank you for help everyone!
@ParaParaYukiko , :) yes, I absoloutely love learning languages. I pretty much eat it up. Culture, langauage, travel, I could be lost in it for years.

Bronny's avatar

it’s enough to just major in the language and maybe minor in comm, or sociology.

Bronny's avatar

(btw, I’m a linguist so this is actually my field of expertise. Feel free to shoot me any specific questions in a private message)

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