In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Using your cultural sensitivity and multilingual grasp of medical terminology to help patients with limited English proficiency communicate with doctors, nurses, and other medical staff.
- Being self-employed.
You can find more information about this career here.
Typically requires an associate or bachelor’s degree. Obtaining another degree can make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this pathway, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a higher degree. Your existing education might give you advanced standing or transfer credit towards a higher degree, reducing the time it would take you to graduate.
Certification is not required, but could make employers more likely to hire you or offer you a higher salary.
You may be eligible for certification from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI) or the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters (NBCMI).
Licensure is not required to work as a Healthcare Interpreter.