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The requests for medical translators are growing at Boston Medical Center.

Boston Medical Center

Boston Medical Center. Photo provided

The interpreting and translating professions are growing faster than most other occupations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor—and local hospitals are hiring. The demand is especially great at Boston Medical Center, where more than a quarter of patients have limited English proficiency. Here’s a look at the program.

205,839: Number of requests for interpreter services at BMC in 2012.

8: Percentage increase in the number of requests from 2011 to 2012.

10,069: Number of requests for a Haitian Creole interpreter.

83: Number of requests for a Korean interpreter.

12: Number of requests for an Ubu interpreter.