The importance of language support in the United States has skyrocketed to an all-time time high, and organizations have recognized the necessity of providing a means of communication for Limited-English and non-English speaking populations. For many organizations, this means having a dedicated language support provider to eliminate language barriers.
“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes
Just how important is having language support for your organization? Check out these 5 telling statistics…
The Importance of Language Support for Organizations
1. Global Language Services Industry
In 2017, the global language services industry market size reached over 43 billion U.S. dollars and is projected to rise to almost 47.5 billion by 2021. Statista
2. Government Interpretation and Translation Spending
As of mid-November 2017, the US Federal Government had awarded more funds to translation and interpretation contracts than it did for the entirety of 2016. As of November 22, 2017, the Federal Government obligated USD 517.2m to translation and interpretation work. Spending for the entire year of 2016 was just USD 497.7m. Slator
3. The Changing Face of America
Pew Research projects that by 2055 the United States will not have a single racial or ethnic majority. Today, 14% of the U.S. population is foreign born compared with just 5% in 1965. In the next five decades, U.S. population growth is projected to be linked (in majority) to new Asian and Hispanic immigration.
4. Limited English Proficiency
As of 2013, approximately 61.6 million individuals spoke a language other than English at home in the United States. The majority of these individuals also spoke English with native fluency or very well, while about 25.1 million (41%) were considered Limited English Proficient (LEP). Of the 25.1 million considered LEP, 4.7 million (19%) were born in the United States. Migration Policy Institute
5. Multicultural Consumers
With over 120 million (increasing by 2.3 million every year), multicultural consumers are the fastest growing segment of the United States population. Nielson calls multicultural populations “the growth engine of the future in the United States.” Nielson
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