Careers & Employment Outlook There is an increasing demand for persons who are adept at interpreting for deaf or hard of hearing persons, for teachers certified in deaf education, and for others who have American Sign Language skills. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Texas Workforce Commission project a 22% increase in national employment between 2008 and 2018 and a 35% increase in Texas employment between 2006 and 2016. The increased demand is also increasing salaries for interpreters, teachers, and others working in the field of deafness. For example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Texas Workforce Commission show a median annual wage of $40,900 for interpreters and translators in the United States and of $36,100 in Texas. Opportunities include employment in state and local governmental agencies, rehabilitation, education, medical facilities, legal practices and other community services. In addition, there is a vital need for ASL/English interpreters to work in Video Relay Services, in education from pre-K to post-graduate settings and in varied community settings.