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Sign Language: Careers

Prepare for a Career as an Interpreter

With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the need for skilled, qualified interpreters for the deaf continues to grow. Salaries vary based upon certification level, competency, experience, location and employer. Tampa Bay area has the fifth largest deaf population in the country. Certified Interpreters are hired to work for business, education, community organizations, medical facilities, government, law enforcement and more.

Students participate in an intense practicum and internship at SPC and other sites in the community, which provide firsthand experience in the interpreting field.

Get details on apprenticeship and national certification.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities abound. In addition to the many business opportunities, interpreters are hired by public and private employers including:


• Educational organizations
• Community-based organizations
• Medical facilities
• Government agencies
• Law enforcement agencies
• Temporary agencies
• Churches and theatre productions