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There are approximately 77,400 translators and interpreters in the United States. Literary translators are employed by publishing companies and authors. Although many translators work for government or international agencies, some are employed by private firms. Large import-export companies often have translators on their payrolls, although these employees generally perform additional duties for the firm. International banks, companies, organizations, and associations often employ translators to facilitate communication. In addition, translators work at schools, radio and television stations, airlines, shipping companies, law firms, and scientific and medical operations. Many companies hire freelance or part-time interpreters to help them translate their Web sites into internationally friendly pages.

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