Medical Interpretation

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Medical interpreters work with non-English speaking patients in hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes and mental health clinics. They act as conduits between patients and medical professionals by listening to the professional and orally translating information into a patient’s native language in layman’s terms. The medical interpreter then translates the patient’s response back to the professional, using proper medical terminology. Interpreters may translate such information as the reason for a medical visit, past medical history and family medical history, as well as explaining medical and surgical procedures, giving medical care instructions, providing drug information and scheduling follow-up appointments.

During the visit, cultural misunderstandings between a professional and patient may occur. Medical interpreters must anticipate these events and try to avoid them. Interpreters also are privy to sensitive information, so they must maintain patient confidentiality at all times.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
205
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
281
Jobs Percentage Change: 
37.1%
Total Annual Openings: 
14
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$20.18
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$24.22
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$26.23
Salary Range: 
$40,000 - $60,000
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There are several educational paths to obtaining this job. Please consult your Case Manager for specific details about these opportunities.
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Optional
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
No
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Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Hospital
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Coordinator
Direct Patient Interaction
Support Role