Back in 2010s I could get translation work in collaboration with others to do large documents with over 100,000 words (meaning I would do anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 words over the period of a month or so). Didn’t happen all the time but when it did happen it secured me for several months. But even short documents was about 10-20,000 words.
But today it seems the longest document I have ever gotten is about 10,000 words, and that’s once in a blue moon. If I got anything it’s 100 words or less. And quality requirements seem to have gotten stricter and stricter while pay has stagnated or went down. Back then I could at least make a living translating if I were frugal but now you can’t even do it as a hobby. This is despite every translation agency promising long term cooperation and high volumes.
What happened? Is google translate so good that you no longer need a translator?