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Employment Outlook

According to the United States Census Bureau, data from 2010 indicates that the Hispanic population has increased by 43% in the last 10 years. Latinos constitute 16% of the total population and one in four people under the age of 18 are Hispanic.

The Modern Language Association enrollment report from 2009 shows that student enrollments in foreign languages have continued to increase, with Spanish attracting the largest number of students.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the employment of interpreters and translators is projected to increase 22 percent over the 2008–2018 decade, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Higher demand for interpreters and translators results directly from the broadening of international ties and the large increases in the number of non-English speaking people in the United States. Both of these trends are expected to continue throughout the projections period, contributing to relatively rapid growth in the number of jobs for interpreters and translators across all industries.