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SeekPanda takes the search for high quality interpreters quite seriously. Our customers only benefit if we vet interpreters thoroughly before they join our platform. We therefore want to feature some key information on a regional market for interpreters in China. Today's blog entry focuses on China.

How many interpreters are there in Shanghai?

Only in China: 185x growth in 14 years.  http://web.shwyky.net/xmjs/xmjs.htm (yes, this is a real URL. Welcome to the world of Chinese government website URL schemes)

Only in China: 185x growth in 14 years. 
http://web.shwyky.net/xmjs/xmjs.htm (yes, this is a real URL. Welcome to the world of Chinese government website URL schemes)

The most recent official tally of certified interpreters was all the way back in 2009 with 130,000. This is 185x larger than the number from just 14 years prior, which was 704.

Assuming modest growth of 5% per year since 2009, that suggests about 165,000 are working in Shanghai. The top educational programs for interpretation are extremely selective. Most graduate schools have between 10-30 students per year. 

With 165,000 to choose from and only a handful of highly qualified ones, how will you navigate this market to choose an interpreter? Relax. With SeekPanda, we've done the vetting for you.

 

How qualified are the interpreters working in Shanghai?

Want to get a peek behind the scenes of SeekPanda's vetting process for Shanghai-based interpreters? Here's the list of credentials that are achievable in Shanghai, ranked in order from easiest to achieve to hardest to achieve:

Shanghai Basic Level English-Chinese (Chinese-English) Interpretation Accreditation Certificate
上海市基础口译证书

Shanghai Intermediate Level English-Chinese (Chinese-English) Interpretation Accreditation Certificate
上海市中级口译证书

China Accreditation Test for Translators and Interpreters -- Interpreting (Chinese-English) Level 3
翻译专业资格(水平)考试 英语口译三级

Liaison-escort Interpretation Accreditation Certificate
上海市陪同口译证书

Business Interpretation Accreditation Test
上海市商务口译证书认证考试简介

China Accreditation Test for Translators and Interpreters -- Interpreting (Chinese-English) Level 2
翻译专业资格(水平)考试 英语口译二级

China Accreditation Test for Translators and Interpreters -- Interpreting (Chinese-English) Level 1
翻译专业资格(水平)考试 英语口译一级

Professional Diploma in Conference Interpreting(Shanghai International Studies University)
上海外国语大学会议口译证书

Want to know which Pandas have achieved the highest level of these certifications? Head over to our Shanghai page, and take a look at Matthew, Yingxi, Lisa, Rachel, Skye, and Peter.