Anecdotally, it always seemed that there were many more women than men involved in medical translation. Looking at linguists, our company, and even our client contacts, there were few men to be found. At last, there is some proof for this hypothesis!
A couple of years ago, Simon Andriesen presented How to take medical translation
into account while writing at the AMWA Annual Conference. He included an interesting profile of the typical medical translator. In looking at the linguists that they work with, Simon found that:
- 80%+ have a linguistic rather than medical background
- in many cases, the linguist's spouse/partner is active in a medical profession
- most medical translators work as freelancers rather than in-house linguists
- women outnumber men 6:1
Not quite statistically valid but interesting nonetheless. So, how come there aren't more men in medical translation?
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