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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

Sign Language Interpreter
Staff Interpreter
Educational Interpreter

Match This Major To Careers

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Beginning Salary Ranges

Interpreters: Salaries vary greatly from location and position.  Many interpreters work as independent contractors and negotiate their own pay rates with interpreting agencies.  Annual wage of interpreters and translators in Florida: $40,040-45,350 (May 2016) – Bureau of labor statistics occupational employment statistics; An entry-level Sign Language Interpreter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 256 salaries provided by anonymous users. Mid-career (5-10 years): average of $53,000 based on 133 salaries; experienced (10 to 20 years): average: 53,000 based on 142 salaries, late-career experience (20+ years): $56,000 based on 79 salaries

Salary Resources

Skills Needed For this Career

Mastery of American Sign Language and English.

Intercultural awareness

Cognitive Processing

Ethical decision-making 
Interpersonal communication 

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

Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.
 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