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What Can You Do With A Major In American Sign Language/English Interpreting

The American Sign Language/English Interpreting Program is dedicated to preparing individuals who can interact in a positive and supportive manner with members of the American Deaf Community. The Program is committed to providing opportunities that will allow them to acquire the linguistic, cognitive and ethical decision-making skills as well as the socio-cultural knowledge necessary to serve as professional ASL/English interpreters. The Program is committed to enabling them to integrate their communicative competence and socio-cultural knowledge in order to work positively with the Deaf Community.

Typical Job Titles

Administrative Assistant
Corporate Support Staff

Educational Paraprofessional

Legal/Political Professional

ASL Instructor

Social Worker

Speech Language Pathologist   

Researcher

Behavioral Specialist

Speech and Audio Therapist 
 

Community Advocate
Community Relations Specialist

Human Resources Officer

Vocational Training Paraprofessional
Counselor: Resident, School, Youth
Teacher K-12

Audiologist

Health Agency Director

Speech and Hearing Clinician 

 

Typical Employers/Work Settings

Art Galleries
Arts and Humanities Councils
Colleges/Universities
Conservations
Corporations
Cultural Heritage Societies
Federal Agencies
Historic Sites
Historical Associations and Societies    
Law Firms Public Advocay Groups 
Libraries 
 
Library of Congress
Local Government Agencies
Museums
National and State Parks
Non-Profit Organizations
Public and Private Schools
Research and Services Institutions
Sanctuaries
State Agencies
Hospitals

 

Match This Major To Careers


Magnifying Glass And Exploration

Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com- Typical Salaries
$34,000 with a bachelor's degree
$38,000 with a master's degree
(Based on information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers- Spring 2008

Salary Resources

Skills Needed For this Career

Multi-tasking
Active Listening
Ethical Communication
Knowing Every Sign Perfectly
Exceptional Observational Skills
Quick Thinking
Experience In Many Fields

Links To Professional Associations

National Association of the Deaf
American Sign Language Teachers Association
American Sign Language-Hearing Association
Sign Language Professionals

Job Search And Career Information  

Internet Special Education Resources

Special Education Network   

Adapted Physical Education Teacher- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Audiologist-American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Occupational Therapist-American Occupational Therapy Association

Physical Therapist-American Physical Therapy Association

Recreational Therapist-American therapeutic Recreation Association

Rehabilitation Counselor-American Rehabilitation Counseling Association

School Social Worker-National Association of Social Workers

Speech-Language Pathologist-American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services

Education/Teaching Resources 

Office of Academic Support and Information Services

Link To UNF Academic Programs

Department of Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education

Holland Interest Codes

Sign Language Interpreter: SEC
Social     Conventional   Enterprising

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in your career field
  • Take workshops and classes to improve your signing skills. 
  • Immerse yourself in the deaf community before you become a sign language interpreter. 
  • Improve your signing skills and surround yourself with deaf friends. 
  • Find deaf friends with extremely fast signing fluency to improve your receptive skills
  • Complete an interpreter training program and take the certification tests. Apply to take the certification tests at the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Once your application is accepted, take both written and performance tests. It typically takes at least 150 days to receive test results and subsequent certification