Earning a certificate in interpreting is one of the fastest ways to gain access to entry-level positions in hospitals and other healthcare environments. If you’re bilingual, have good speaking and listening skills, and enjoy working with people, you may have a future as a medical interpreter.
Meet Jose Gutierrez: Discovering New Career Opportunities
After a workforce reduction in the automotive industry resulted in unemployment, Jose Gutierrez was seeking an industry that promised steady growth. He zeroed in on medical interpreting for a number of reasons: the United States Department of Labor Statistics predicted significant job growth in the industry through 2022; he was fluent in both English and Spanish; and he needed only minimal additional training to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills.
Jose located a course in Medical Interpreting offered by North Shore Community College in collaboration with TransFluenciEDU. “Taking the Medical Interpreting course taught by TransFluenciEDU was well worth it,” says Jose. “It was affordable, fast, and thorough. It’s fulfilling to help people by being the conduit between the patient and the provider, and it’s a great way to make a living.”
Six months after successfully completing the certificate course, Jose landed a position as a medical interpreter at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA. He also works on a freelance basis for several other healthcare and mental health facilities in his area. While Jose continues to polish his skills in medical interpreting, he is considering learning Portuguese since it’s very similar to Spanish, his native language. This will no doubt open up even more opportunities in medical interpreting for this motivated young professional.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says:
“Employment of interpreters and translators is expected to grow 42 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth reflects an increasingly diverse U.S. population, which is expected to require more interpreters and translators”. -U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
See What Being a Certified Medical Interpreter Can Do for You.