If you are looking for a new and exciting career, then maybe you should consider to learn sign language and to follow the path it provides for you. If you are someone who is interested in a career which serves the community plus satisfies you at the same time, then perhaps studying to be an interpreter for the deaf may be just the right thing for you. Let’s see how Sign Language opens doors for exciting careers.
Of course, the deaf are not the only people for whom you need to learn sign. These days there are a lot of exciting career options available for those who can understand American Sign Language (ASL).
The obvious career options which lay ahead of you when you learn sign are jobs as interpreters. When you learn sign, you gain experience in communicating with your hands, facial expressions and body movements without the use of sounds.
However, to be an interpreter, you need to be proficient in another dialect as well to interpret what is being said during the signing. For most people with no hearing disability, it is easy to learn to translate sign into English or any other dialect of their preference. To learn more about sign language, read this post: “An Introduction To American Sign Language.”
Over the last decades, quite a few states have passed legislation to recognize American Sign Language as a foreign language and this allowed high schools, universities, and colleges to recognize and implement ASL in their academic offerings and to fulfill foreign language requirements especially for hard hearing and deaf students.
Once you learn sign and interpretation skills, something everybody should do, you can easily get yourself an exciting job. There are many interesting options available. You can choose to work as an employee in a school, court system or government agency. You would be able to earn a steady income month after month along with all the job benefits.
The other exciting option you have is to work as a freelancer. Of course, you may still work on assignments from schools, courts, and governmental agencies, but you can opt for a more varied field of work. Even hearing impaired people may get a rewarding job easier these days thanks to modern-day revolutionary digital hearing aids. Huge improvements! Now, practically everyone can learn sign and offer freelance interpretation services at hospitals, seminars, fundraisers, political campaigns and vocational training schools.
In addition, there are times TV programs require these services. This avenue can offer you a very exciting range of possibilities. However, apart from having to learn sign, you also will need skills to market yourself and your services.
One other field of opportunity opening up is in the area of educating children. Most families develop their own form of signing to communicate with an infant in the house. Experts have come to believe it may do the child a lot of good if his or her training continues.
ASL is completely different from English even though it uses English as a basis. It has its own vocabulary, syntax, grammar, and punctuation. Therefore, getting a child to learn sign is as good as training him or her in a second spoken language. This education helps the child think bilingually, which further enhances their development and improving signing skills will benefit everyone.
Additionally, for a child to learn to communicate without the assistance of words further develops their mental skills. Baby Sign Language is becoming more and more popular as results are so promising. As a result, a lot of parents are now employing ASL interpreters to help their children learn sign and this scenario offers new work opportunities for interpreters.
Another interesting professional field is that of Medical Technicians. The world of medical assistant jobs is among the fastest growing professional fields in America. People holding a degree in Medical Technical Assistance are sure to land a secure job as this field is ranked 3rd in America in terms of employment growth. Sure, the healthcare and medical industries are experiencing extraordinary growth and this particular medical field is predicted to expand continuously over the coming decades.