Date of Award

Fall 12-9-2015

Exit Requirement

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Vicki Darden

Committee Member

Sarah Hewlett

Committee Member

Sabrina Smith, PhD.

Abstract

This study is an analysis of various factors relating to job satisfaction, role strain, physical injury and/or mental/emotional hardship, and burnout in the American Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreting profession in the United States. It includes 81 responses by interpreters using an online survey that collected data on individual interpreter background and demographics, role strain components, burnout, self-care, and job satisfaction. The responses were analyzed through a multiple linear regression focusing on job satisfaction as the dependent variable. They were also analyzed in a bivariate correlation to identify potential relationships among the 60 variables. The results of this study show a high level of job satisfaction despite frequent injuries and hardships, and high demands and/or controls within specific settings of the ASL/English interpreting profession. The results also contain many correlations among the variables of the categories of job satisfaction, background, burnout, and self-care. These correlations may aid novice and experienced interpreters in forming a map by which they can guide their professional practice to maximize their job satisfaction, reduce injury, and minimize potential burnout. The background information collected by this survey provides information that can be used to educate the general population about ASL/English interpreters as well as educate interpreting students in their preparation for the profession.