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
Match This Major To Careers
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
Skills Needed For this Career
of American Sign Language and English.
Links To Professional Associations
National Association of the DeafAmerican Sign Language Teachers AssociationAmerican Sign Language-Hearing AssociationSign 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
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