Career Information

Because so many companies/organizations are engaging globally, job opportunities in the localization industry are diverse and constantly evolving. Many localization professionals work for companies like Adobe, Domo, Blizzard Entertainment, and Netflix, helping lead their international strategy and projects, while many others work for companies that provide localization services (language service providers, or LSPs) such as Multiling, Lingotek, US Translation Company, Translators Without Borders, Transperfect, and Lionbridge.

In general, localization jobs can roughly be broken down into three broad areas: linguistics, business, and technology.

Below are some examples of different roles within each area.


Business

The business side of things is where the rubber hits the road in the localization industry. As with the linguistic and tech fields, there is a wide diversity of career paths—everything from project management to sales to marketing and so on.

Some common business sector jobs are: project manager; project coordinator; operations manager; account manager; sales development rep; sales manager; account executive; marketer; CEO, CFO, CTO, etc.; HR, administration, etc.

Linguistics

Linguists deal directly with adapting written and spoken texts from one language to another, but jobs in this area are not limited to translators and interpreters (though they are very important in the localization process).

Other common jobs for linguists include: editors/proofreaders; terminologists; computational linguists.

Technology

Localization is a tech-driven industry, and there is a constant need for talent to help move the industry forward. The work in this area includes things like developing translation management systems, building web connectors, designing software, QA testing/engineering, ensuring content is prepped and localized correctly, improving machine translation systems, and just about anything you can think of.

Common jobs in the tech field are: localization engineers; internationalization engineers; software/web developers; quality assurance engineers; computational linguists; technical account manager.

 


Although someone may start out working in one of these three areas, it is very common to transition to different areas throughout a career. For example, a translator or localization engineer may end up moving into a project manager role and from there into other business-focused positions.

Check out the links below for more information on careers and career paths in localization. 

Finding a Career in the $40 Billion Language and Technology Industry 

Gala:Translation and Localization Industry Careers 

Career Paths and Roles in the Localization Minor

Career Paths in the Localization Minor 

And check out these short interviews with localization professionals to learn more about their career trajectories and get insights into the industry. 

Localization Talent Talks 

More Information

To discuss your career options and start building a plan for getting where you would like to go, set up an appointment with Doug Porter (advisor for the minor) in 1041 JFSB.