Translation Skills Training®, LLC, (TST) announced today the formalization of its strategic partnership with Montclair State University to deliver two certificate programs aimed at training Analytic Linguists.
According to Elena G. Rojas, CEO and President of TST, “The job function of an Analytic Linguist is to monitor court-ordered, non-consensual intercepts by listening to conversations in foreign languages and translating or interpreting these conversations that are used by various United States federal and local government law enforcement agencies to prosecute cases.”
This strategic partnership will allow qualified bilingual Spanish-English adults to obtain a one-of-a-kind, professional certification as Analytic Linguists under the auspices of Montclair State University. Learners who complete this program will be positioned to gain meaningful and well-paid employment with the government or in private industry.
Thomas Ashley, a former FBI Agent who has worked with Rojas on field assignments, commented, “This program will increase the effectiveness and efficiency of a new linguist in order to meet the demands and requirements of current and future companies.”
“This is the ideal program for Montclair State University – we have a robust Justice Studies program while at the same time, we have just been recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution. This program will create job opportunities for graduates. And, as the exclusive partner with TST, we can provide training for all dual Spanish-English speakers throughout the country,” states Dr. Peter McAliney, Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) at Montclair State University.
Rojas, citing the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, pointed out that 17,500 new jobs as translators and interpreters in support of law enforcement need to be filled by 2024.
According to Agent Ashley, “Analytic linguists are in more demand than ever before because of a changing and more diverse world.”
The designation of translators and interpreters includes the job functions of Analytic Linguists who, in addition to those tasks, also monitor oral communication intercepts, commonly known as wiretaps, authorized by court order. This job growth represents a 28.7% expansion in job creation in this industry in the 2014-2024 period. Potential salaries for Analytic Linguists are also attractive, particularly for recent college graduates, averaging, according to the same U.S. government source cited, around $70K per year.
Currently, TST’s training is available to those who speak Spanish and English, have an undergraduate degree in any field and, due to the nature of their future work, are U.S. citizens and will be 25 years old when they successfully complete TST’s sequential program of studies. Candidates must also be able to pass a federal security clearance.