Career paths and roles in the localization industry

Career paths and roles in the localization industry

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In general roles in the industry fall into the following categories:


  • Interpreters, translators, editors, language coordinators or reviewers, proofreaders.


  • QA, internationalisation engineers, Loc engineers, solutions architects, technical managers.

Business roles

  • Executive C-Level positions CSO, CEO, COO, CTO, CIO etc.
  • Operations manager/production manager or Group Manager. This can be the same position with any of these titles and typically involves heading up a group of project managers and leads.
  • Project managers – client and vendor side.


  • Business development managers, business development directors, Account Managers,
  • Regional sales Managers
  • Localization Strategist (This is a client side role similar to vendor-side solution architect).
  • Procurement manager – client-side role.
  • Vendor manager and resourcers.
  • Supply chain manager.

Career paths in Localization

In the localization industry there is a natural progression from one role to another, such as:

  • The linguist role can develop into project manager or localization QA. You could also work freelance and develop your own business.
  • Project managers typically move on to senior PM or operations manager, procurement manager, solutions architect or strategist.
  • Vendor manager will progress to HR, recruitment or group HR manager or possibly supply chain director.
  • Localization QA professionals will progress to localization engineer or internationalisation engineer.
  • Operations managers can develop into executive or strategist roles.
  • Sales executive can move on to senior sales executive, sales manager or executive.


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