What the European Union says about my future profession:

The language industry has been less affected by the economic crisis than other sectors, according to a study carried out for the European Commission. The study, the first to analyse the size of the language industry EU-wide, covers translation, interpreting, localising and globalising, subtitling and dubbing, language technology tools, multilingual conference organisation and language teaching. It puts EU-wide turnover at EUR 8.4 billion (2008). This is set to increase by at least 10  % annually, over the next few years, to between EUR 16.5 billion and EUR 20 billion by 2015. This is one of the highest growth rates in EU industry. [...] (Source: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/09/1828&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN)

Webcast of the conference at which the study is presented (Flash / Quicktime)

The text of the study (PDF)

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