In plain language: Increasing globalization and expansion overseas will drive demand

Over the five years to 2018, demand for industry operators' services were somewhat stifled during the period as a result of slower government investment. However, a growing immigrant population, increased trips to the US by foreigners and increased global business activity have led to increased demand for the translation and interpreting services provided by industry operators. Combined with the rising use of technology in industry services and the internet providing operators with growth opportunities, industry revenue grew during the period. Over the five years to 2023, the industry is forecast to grow in line with an improving economy, greater globalization and beneficial immigration patterns...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$5bn
Annual Growth 13-18
1.3%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
89,254
Businesses
57,271

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A rising immigrant population, increased trips to the United States, and higher global business activity have boosted demand
  • Translation memory software has been increasingly used to help automate industry services
  • Technology is expected to lead to increased price-based competition between operators
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    InterpretationInterpretation, which is estimated to account for 47.9% of industry revenue in 2018, represents the largest industry services. As opposed to translation, interpreters are used to translate language for speakers, rather than for literature, journals, or other forms of written communication. The government and professional organizations often use interpreters during international meetings. In addition, this segment includes revenue generate from the translation of subtitles in movies and television shows. This segment has grown as a share of revenue over the past five years, as corporate globalization has expanded during the period...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Translation Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Translation Services Industry are

  • Willingness to outsource when appropriate
  • Undertaking technical research and development
  • Highly trained workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total trade value and Inbound trips by non-US residents in the Translation Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Translation Services Industry?

    This industry includes companies that translate written material and interpret speech from one language to another. It also includes companies that provide sign language services. The services provided by this industry include document translation and website localization, which is the translation of website information into languages for use in other countries, taking into account any unique cultural and linguistic traits.

    Industry Products
  • Written translation services
  • Interpretation services
  • Industry Activities
  • Language interpretation services
  • Translation language services
  • Sign language services
  • Speech (i.e. language) interpretation services
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total trade value
  • Inbound trips by non-US residents
  • Number of immigrants
  • Corporate profit
  • Percentage of services conducted online

  • Current Performance
  • Globalization trends and geopolitical developments
  • Technology lends a helping hand
  • Profitability and concentration
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Globalization and immigration patterns
  • Uncertain demand for government entities
  • Technology’s crucial role
  • Table: Translation Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Translation Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Information
  • Software Publishing
  • Finance and Insurance
  • Law Firms
  • Diagnostic & Medical Laboratories
  • Public Administration

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Colleges & Universities
  • For-Profit Universities
  • IT Consulting
  • Language Instruction

  • Products & Services
  • Interpretation services
  • Written translation services
  • Other
  • Chart: Translation Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • State and local governments
  • Business firms and farms
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Other
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Translation Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases and depreciation
  • Rent and utilities, marketing and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Translation Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Translation Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Teleperformance, Lionbridge Technologies Inc.,
  • Table: Teleperformance - financial performance
  • Table: Lionbridge Technologies Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Translation Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Translation Services Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Number of immigrants (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Computer-Aided Translation (Cat)
  • A form of translation in which a human translator uses computer software to facilitate the translation process; also called computer-assisted translation.
  • Localization
  • The process of translating a website or marketing materials into into the local language of a region.
  • Machine-Readable Language
  • A language dictionary in an electronic form that can be loaded in a database and queried via application software.
  • Translation Memory
  • A software that stores words, phrases and paragraphs of translated text to help in the translation of future documents.
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