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Knowledge Areas

Learn about the most important knowledge areas for Interpreters and Translators. Also, find out how proficient you have to be in each knowledge area.

Importance*More Info
1.Foreign Language91
English Language91
3.Customer and Personal Service52
4.Computers and Electronics47
* Importance out of 100

Score Key
  Importance for success in this profession
  Level of proficiency needed

Knowledge Area Scores

Foreign Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Say "please" and "thank you" in a foreign languageAsk directions in a foreign cityWrite an English language review of a book written in a foreign language
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Write a thank you noteEdit a feature article in a local newspaperTeach a college English class
Customer and Personal Service
Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Process customer dry-cleaning drop offWork as a day care aide supervising 10 childrenRespond to a citizen's request for assistance after a major disaster
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Operate a VCR to watch a pre-recorded training tapeUse a word processorCreate a program to scan computer disks for viruses
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
File letters alphabeticallyType 30 words per minuteOrganize a storage system for company forms