Interpreters and translators convert information from one language into another language. Interpreters work in spoken or sign language; translators work in written language.The French Translation and Interpretation Certificate Program will allow UCF students to expand their knowledge in translation and interpretation in key areas such as education, healthcare, law, multimedia, and literary fields.

Interpreters work in settings such as schools, hospitals, courtrooms, meeting rooms, and conference centers. Some work for translation and interpretation companies, individual organizations, or private clients. Many translators also work remotely. Self-employed interpreters and translators frequently have variable work schedules. Most interpreters and translators work full time during regular business hours.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2017) published by the US Department of Labor and the Bureau of Labor statistics, 68,200 jobs were offered in 2016, and the previsions show 18% (much faster than average) of growth for the period 2016-2026. Job prospects should be best for those who have professional certification. Orlando is also the third largest community of Francophone Haitians in the USA, increasing even further the national statistic for job outlook.

The most spoken languages in the greater Orlando are English, Spanish and French. With the growing population of Francophone and Haitian Creole speakers, the certificate will expand students’ knowledge in languages with professional skills ready to be used as they graduate from UCF.


See UCF catalog entry for program requirements.