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Employment opportunities for translators and interpreters are expected to grow by 20 percent through 2029, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), or much faster than the average for all careers. Increasing globalization and growth of a more diverse U.S. population will contribute to increased need for translators and interpreters. In addition, broadening global ties and international trade, such as in emerging markets like Africa and Asia, will require the expertise of translators and interpreters. The DOL predicts that there will be good job opportunities for translators that specialize in healthcare and law, due to the "critical need for all parties to understand the information communicated in those fields." The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has heightened the need for qualified translators. As described by one translation professional, "The international language of science and health safety happens to be English. Without translators and interpreters working in tandem with scientists and health experts, a large body of indispensable information may not reach non-English speakers in time – if at all – to save countless lives." Translators will also be needed to translate such products as pharmaceutical inserts, research papers, and medical reports for insurance companies. Opportunities also exist for qualified individuals in law, tourism, trade and business, recreation, and the government.

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