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.
Standout Student: Riana Andrade
Riana Andrade was working as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in a hospital when the unexpected happened. A doctor on staff quickly approached her, asking for her help. A patient was in great pain but could not communicate what was wrong because she did not speak English. To that point, the patient and hospital staff had waited two hours for an interpreter to arrive. Riana promptly helped translate for the patient who then received the treatment needed. This situation resonated with Riana. She realized she possessed the ability to help hospital patients in a whole new way.
Three years prior, a co-worker told Riana about the Medical Interpreter Certificate program at Massasoit Community College. Medical interpreting was something she had given thought to, but until her experience helping translate for the patient in the hospital, it had always been something to consider in the future. Riana enrolled in the Medical Interpreter Certificate program in fall 2018 and excelled as a student. She gives much of the credit for her success to instructor, Max Grecchi, who always made sure she had the tools and knowledge to succeed.
Before Riana had received her certificate for completing the Medical Interpreter Certificate program, she had a job offer on the table. While she continues to work full-time as a CNA, Riana also works as a per diem medical interpreter for Baystate Interpreters. Her long-term goal is to become a midwife. Having recently moved out of state, Riana enrolled in the nursing program at Community College of Rhode Island. She begins classes in fall 2019. Regardless of where her career takes her, Riana is certain of one thing; she will always work as a medical interpreter – that work is too important for her to pass up.
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
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