E.g., 04/08/2020
E.g., 04/08/2020

Request for job descriptions to help with GALA career resources and ESCO occupations project

By: GALA Team, Information

As GALA prepares to launch its new website later this month, we are curating content and resources for GALA members and our public audiences. A resource that will be useful to both new and seasoned professionals is our industry careers section, which describes career paths and profiles as well as education and training opportunities. Currently, we have a limited list of job titles descriptions, for roles that are common in our industry. We would like to expand and grow this resource and we’re asking for your help.

Meanwhile, GALA has been asked by the European Commission to support its European Skills, Competencies, Qualifications and Occupations (ESCO) initiative by collecting job profiles for specific titles from members and industry companies. Who better than working language professionals to provide this information? We think this timing is serendipitous and see an opportunity to meet two needs at the same time. That’s where you come in.

We kindly ask that you share sample job descriptions for any of the following titles – or positions for which you commonly hire, but use a different title. You may submit them by email to <[email protected]>. Company names or other identifying details may be omitted – the important part is to capture the skills, qualifications, and responsibilities of the positions.

For those who prefer a consultative role, ESCO is inviting comments and feedback on job titles and descriptions, beginning 14 October. You may register at this link if you wish to review their data this fall.

Job Titles:

TRANSLATION: Scientific/Technical Translator, Legal Translator, Medical Translator, Certified/Sworn Translator, Oral Translator (Sight Interpreter), Literary/Book Translator, Video Games Translator, Transcreation Translator, Lawyer Linguist

INTERPRETING: Simultaneous Interpreter, Consecutive Interpreter, Business Interpreter, Social/Community Interpreter, Court Interpreter, Medical Interpreter, Telephone/Remote Interpreter, Police Interpreter, Advocate Interpreter, Guide Interpreter, Sign Language Interpreter

TERMINOLOGY: Terminologist, Lexicographer

REVISION: Reviser, Editor, Post-editor, Proofreader

LOCALIZATION: Localization translator/localizer, Localization Tester, Localization Project Manager, Software Localizer, Linguistic Quality Assurance Tester

AUDIO-VISUAL TRANSLATION: Subtitler, Voice-to-Text Descriptor

APPLIED LINGUISTICS & LANGUAGE ENGINEERING: NLP (Natural Language Processing) Software engineer, Language Engineer, Language Technologist, Computational Linguist, Automatic Spoken Translation Technologist

Thank you for helping to build better resources for fellow members and our industry as a whole!

Best regards,
The GALA Team



The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA) is a non-profit tade association supporting the language industry. As a membership organization, we support our member companies and the language sector by creating communities, championing standards, sharing knowledge, and advancing technology.