Associate of Applied Science
As a Sign Language Interpreter, you make it possible for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to communicate with the hearing population.
Upon successful completion of this Associate degree program, and the state of Michigan interpreter certification exam, you will have the qualifications required for employment in:
- School districts.
- Deaf and hard-of-hearing service centers.
- Freelance interpreters in settings where interpretation is required, including education, employment, recreation, health care, and legal services.
- The average annual salary for full-time Interpreters and Translators is $41,700.
- Employment of Interpreters and Translators is projected to increase 24 percent by 2016, which is much faster than average.
- Experience is an essential part of a successful career in Interpreting.
- New entrants to these careers should focus on getting more experience, even if it means doing informal or unpaid work.
- It may also be easier to start out in a high-demand area, such as court or medical interpretation.
- About 22 percent of Interpreters and Translators are self-employed.