A medical interpreter is a very important position within a hospital, clinic or doctor’s office. Medical interpreters at request of physician or the health care worker, and with the patient’s permission, personally provides interpretation during examinations, tests, treatments. Additionally, they assists health care workers in telephone contact with family members and follow-up contact with patients after treatment.
All_acute care hospitals are mandated to provide medical interpreters to non-English speaking patients. And fueled by the growing population of international newcomers, employment of interpreters is expected to grow. A medical interpreter must speak fluently in at least two languages, and must have an in-depth knowledge of medical terminology. So, many medical interpreters are trained or certified as medical assistants as well.
Medical Interpreters Training:
Some colleges and universities offer certificate programs for medical interpreters. For instance, there are Medical Interpreter 40-hour training programs which are designed for bilingual individuals who speak English and Spanish and work in the medical field. This program prepares you with the theoretic, linguistic and procedural backgrounds necessary to comply with the Medical Interpreting Standards of Practice. Certificates are not typically required to be hired as a medical interpreter, but such a course could be very helpful for someone who is new to the field and trying to break into a career in medical interpreting.
Medical Interpreters Salary:
Medical interpreters average salary: $38,850
Hospital interpreter can earn between $15-$20 per hour.