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Sign language Interpreters

OaSIS code 51114.04

Sign language interpreters use sign language to translate spoken language and vice versa during meetings, conversations, television programs or in other instances.

Overview

Also known as

  • Sign language interpreter
  • Visual language interpreter

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Translate sign language to a spoken language and vice versa either simultaneously or consecutively.

Additional information

  • Sign language interpreters work in French and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) or in English and American Sign Language (ASL).

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NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

5 – Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

51 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Sub-major group

511 – Professional occupations in art and culture

Minor group

5111 – Writing, translating and related communications professionals

Unit group

51114 – Translators, terminologists and interpreters

Occupational profile

51114.04 – Sign language Interpreters

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
5 - Highest Level
Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
5 - Highest Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Communicating with Coworkers
4 - High Level
Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
1 - Less than 35 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
4 - Close (at arm’s length)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Courts
  • Government services
  • Interpretation services
  • Schools
  • Self-employment
  • Social service agencies
  • Television stations

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Pattern Organization Speed
5 - Highest Level
Selective Attention
5 - Highest Level
Speech Recognition
5 - Highest Level
Auditory Attention
4 - High Level
Hearing Sensitivity
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
4 - High Level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
4 - High Level
Oral Communication: Oral Expression
4 - High Level
Social Perceptiveness
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Adaptability
5 - Extremely important
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important