How do you become a Medical Translator

How do you become a Medical Translator?

Monday 29 April, 2019

Professional and accurate medical translations are an extremely specialised service and one that can have significant impacts if found to be inaccurate or riddled with errors. With countries across the world becoming more diverse in the languages spoken, accurate medical translations have become a more and more important area for the industry. So how do you train to fulfil the needs of this important factor within the medical industry? 

Back in 2015, we wrote an article which highlighted the aspects of training and experience to become a translator. Entitled “Becoming a Translator”, it provides the areas you would need to study. 

Here we explore the specifics, training and dedication needed to become a professional medical translator.

Additional Medical Translator Qualifications 

In addition to having your professional translator qualifications, to be able to further your translator career to specialise in the medical / healthcare industry, you will need to be able to show that you have an associated medical or healthcare degree. Further qualifications in specialist medical areas can be taken if you wish to truly specialise. However, having a broader healthcare understanding will provide a much wider field in which to apply your translation skills. 

Medical Translator Experience

To help support your career in Medical translation, the experience you gain will count for a great deal. The experience oy can gain from working will be just as important to building your career as it is to gain the best qualifications. During your studying you should, if possible, reach out to your network, be that through your University, friends and family. Ask if they have any relevant positions or indeed know of anyone else that may be able to help. The work experience you gain can prove extremely important for building your career as a medical translator.  

It may not be possible to get paid work at the beginning, so you may need to think about volunteering or accepting an internship. Using social media to find potential opportunities could also prove fruitful. 

Here at Romo Translations, we hand pick the very best medical translators. We ensure their background, experience, training and qualifications mean that we are able to take on any medical translation project.

If you would like to discuss your medical translation needs, then please call one of team on 0203 696 8680, we will be delighted to help you. 

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