Virginia is a coastal state, midway between such multicultural Mecca as New York, and Florida. In-country migration guarantees a high concentration of foreign and different cultures living in the state. Virginia interpreters have many opportunities to stretch their legs, and serve the communities they live in, and perhaps even learn more languages along the way. There are few things better than having a career that really helps others, that you love, and has endless options to improve along the way.
Who benefits from a Virginia interpreter or translator?
Who doesn't? The list would be much shorter. Several different types of industry benefit a great deal from people who specialize in a Virginia translation career. A few of the most prominent are listed below, but don't be afraid to research and seek out more on your own.
Medical – Virginia is a large state and home to a very diverse population, with varied languages. It's important for hospitals to hire qualified, competent translators and interpreters in order to meet the medical needs of this huge population, in the best ways possible. The difference between a certified and uncertified translator could mean the difference between life and death.
Legal – Just as a great translator in the medical field has the potential to work in a life or death situation, the same could happen in a legal position. A certified translator may be the difference between whether or not someone is condemned to a long sentence, or is freed based on misinterpretation, or 'mistrial'.
Tourism and Travel – The tourism industry in Virginia isn't as large as some states, but still plays a significant role in the state's economy. Translators and interpreters make this possible by making immigrants, and visitors feel safe, and more likely to enjoy their experience in the state, than feel intimidated, or shocked during the trip.
Insurance Companies – Virginia's position on the coast of the U.S. makes it the unfortunate target of hurricanes, and its dry seasons make for serious fire hazards. But living anywhere at all can be dangerous, and that's why there are insurance companies to help. However, many companies are unable to offer assistance because of the lack of English languages skills on the part of their clients. Virginia certified translators can make the process smoother, and easier to understand for both client, and carrier.
Languages Spoken In Virginia:
Spanish – There will always be a need for Spanish translators; because of the levels of Hispanic immigration in the past, and the rising increase of illegal immigration. Almost ten percent of Virginians are Hispanic, and living in the Northern Virginia areas.
Irish (Gaelic) – The Irish/Gaelic language sometimes rarely makes it across seas, but because of the high level of people descended from Irish immigrants, the tourism and travel industry can always use Irish/Gaelic translators.
Vietnamese – Vietnamese, like Filipino listed below, need the same considerations as any other Asian language group. Around the same percentage of Filipino as Vietnamese languages are spoken at home.
Filipino – Pacific and Asian Islanders make up a very small percentage of foreign born residents of Virginia, and Filipino make up around 0.75% of the less than two percent of the Asian group. However, despite the small percentage, the group still consists of thousands of people throughout the state in need of translators and interpreters.
Various Native American Languages – Virginia is home to eight federally recognized Native American tribes, as well as various others, all with their own tribal dialects, and languages. While many of the residents on these reservations, and land may speak well enough English, there are still many Native Americans who refuse to speak English, or just never learned. This is where a respectful and understanding interpreter or translator comes in handy.
To learn more about Interpreters Unlimited and the Virginia interpreter and translation services that we offer, submit a request or contact us at 800.726.9891.