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Job Title – Sign Language Interpreter


A Sign Language Interpreter is responsible for helping deaf or hearing-impaired individuals understand what is being said in a variety of situations.

Typical Job Activities

Provides sign language interpretation services for lectures, labs, seminars, practicum placements, rotations, meetings, appointments, and exams
Provides sign language interpretation services for College-hosted public activities e.g., convocations, open houses, orientation events, annual general meetings, alumni events, and lectureships
Obtains and study all necessary materials to prepare for interpreting responsibilities

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Related Occupations

Speech therapist and audiologist

Educational Requirements

Senior Certificate with matric exemption for a BA degree in ASL or Sign language interpreting
Senior Certificate for vocational training

Compulsory subjects: Languages
Recommended subjects: History

Required Skills

Experience with deaf population
Must be able to relate to population served

What natural skills and/or aptitudes do I need for this occupation?

Be trustworthy and responsible as incorrect interpretations may have far-reaching consequences
Be patient and tactful
Have fluency in speech
Have good hearing and a clear voice

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Employment Opportunities


Market Competitiveness


Income Potential


Self-Employment Opportunities


International Employment Opportunities


Possible Employers

International political organisations
Educational Institutions
Tourism agencies
Freelance work

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Relevant Contact Details

Department of Justice

Career Progress and Path

Experience in specific field
Work performance

Possible Career Paths

Specialist career in the specific field

Employment Stability

Moderately stable

Reasons to consider this career

I can be of service to people
I can work with languages
I can apply my special skills
I can communicate and interact with people