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Professional interpreters' job satisfaction and relevant factors A case study of trained interpreters in South Korea

Title
Professional interpreters' job satisfaction and relevant factors A case study of trained interpreters in South Korea
Authors
Lee, Jieun
Ewha Authors
이지은
SCOPUS Author ID
이지은scopus
Issue Date
2017
Journal Title
TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING STUDIES
ISSN
1932-2798JCR Link1876-2700JCR Link
Citation
vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 427 - 448
Keywords
professional interpretersjob satisfactionjob characteristicsquestionnaire-based surveySouth Korea
Publisher
JOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING CO
Indexed
SSCI; AHCI; SCOPUS WOS
Abstract
A study of the job satisfaction of professional interpreters may cast light on the current state of the profession and its prospects. Through a questionnaire-based survey of 150 professional interpreters in South Korea, this study examines various factors contributing to the job satisfaction of professional interpreters, including individual characteristics and job characteristics. Statistically significant correlations were confirmed between job satisfaction and marital status, the length of the interpreting career, average weekly working hours, and the dominant employment type of the respondents. While the respondents overwhelmingly chose income as the most important factor that determines their satisfaction, a multiple regression analysis revealed that job security was the most important factor, which was in turn strongly correlated with social recognition. This case study provides an analysis of the status quo of the profession in South Korea and has implications for the industry and for interpreter training.
DOI
10.1075/tis.12.3.04lee
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