Careers in Scientific Translation: Resources


Tips for Beginners aims to help translators do better business. It offers an e-zine and free ?special reports?.

The translator who has written Tips for Translators says, "I thought it might be useful to some translators, especially those who are just beginning their freelance careers, to read about some of my experiences and what I have found useful."

Ulrike Walter recommends the Translation Journal?s Fire Ant & Worker Bee column.


An international list of translation courses, some with information and links.

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in London, UK, runs an MSc in Scientific, Technical and Medical Translation with Translation Technology.

The European Commission?s Translation Service offers 5-month in-house traineeships for graduates who wish to acquire an understanding of its work and gain professional translation experience.

Translators Associations


International Federation of Translators

North America

Canadian Translators and Interpreters Council

The American Translators Association (ATA) is the professional organization for translators in the United States. Translators can become accredited in particular languages by ATA once they pass ATA examinations. The association also is working on pilot mentoring projects for its members. Those who need to find translators can search the ATA Web site for professionals who meet their translating needs.

Ulrike Walter says that there are many regional translators associations around the United States, but that the Northern California Translators Association is one of the best.

The Society for Technical Communication is an individual membership organization whose 25,000 members include technical writers, editors, graphic designers, videographers, multimedia artists, Web and intranet page information designers, translators, and others whose work involves making technical information available to those who need it.

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


The Guild of European Translators

Belgian Chamber of Translators, Interpreters and Philologists

German Translators and Interpreters Association

German Association of Professional Translators and Interpreters

Northern German Translators and Interpreters Association

The Irish Translators? and Interpreters? Association

MetaCom, the Dutch federation for multilingual communication, promotes the interests of a number of organisations representing translators, interpreters, and translation agencies.

The Netherlands Society of Translators

Association of Scientific and Technical Translators of Slovenia

The Spanish Association of Centres Specialized in Translation

The Institute of Translation and Interpreting is the UK?s professional association. The Getting Started section of its site offers advice for doing just that. It has a mentoring scheme and regional groups.

The Institute of Linguists is the UK?s membership organisation for professional translators and interpreters. It offers a Diploma in Translation, which can include specialist papers in science and technology.


The Japan Association of Translators

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