Interpreting & Translating

Interpreting & Translating is about being able to 'move' successfully between languages.

Interpreting is about facilitating communication, usually in spoken form, from one language into its equivalent in another language.

Translating is about communicating the meaning of a text in a source-language by means of an equivalent target-language text.

This area involves knowing two or more languages well enough to be able to move between them, and also learning about how languages work.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!).

  • Translator or interpreter
  • Language teacher
  • International businessperson
  • Diplomat
  • Foreign affairs analyst
  • Development agency analyst
  • Non-governmental organisation (NGO) worker
  • Business consultant
  • Trade advisor
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


127% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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