What Languages Are Lucrative for Medical Interpreting Certification?

If you’re seeking a new career, you may want to consider pursuing a medical interpreting certification.  As baby boomers get older, the medical field will only grow.  With that growth will come a need for professionals with a medical interpreting certificate.  Of course, even without baby boomer-driven growth, the medical field has always been stable.  People will always need medical care, no matter the state of the economy, politics, or the season.   So what languages will set you up for the best future if you decide to take a medical interpreter training program?

What Languages Should You Get Medical Interpreting Certification In?

The mainstays:  A few languages will always be prized for medical interpreter training.  French, German, Portuguese, and Russian are all evergreen languages that have been, and will be, spoken in the US for decades to come.  People immigrated from these countries years ago and they have created strong communities in pockets around the US (especially metropolitan centers). 

The rising demands:  There are a few languages that are rapidly growing in popularity in the US right now.  The first is obviously Spanish.  With a constant influx of immigrants from Spanish-speaking countries, getting a medical interpreting certification in this language will be a very safe bet.  In addition to new immigrants, certain communities around the US already have large Spanish-speaking populations.  California, Texas, Florida, and New York are all great places to have a medical interpreter certification in Spanish. 

Beyond Spanish are Asian languages like Mandarin Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.  With the complete saturation of technology in our economy and lives, America is full of visiting and immigrating citizens from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea.  These countries are on the forefront of the tech field and it’s no wonder we are wooing so many of them to come work in our startups, software companies, and other jobs.  A medical interpreter program in Mandarin Chinese, Korean, or Japanese is a great investment in your future!

In the same vein is Hebrew.  Like many Asian countries, Israel is a major player in the high-tech economy.  Though its citizens frequently speak English, some do not.  In addition to attracting immigrants and visitors from Israel’s tech scene, the US also has strong ties to Israel due to its democratic structure and its large Jewish population.  A medical interpreting certification in Hebrew certainly wouldn’t be a bad bet with all these connections to the state of Israel!  

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Yana Fisher

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