Terminologists collect and document technical terms; they do research on and provide equivalents or create new terms for concepts, which have as yet have not been named, for the benefit of the users of terminology.
Terminologists may be involved in collecting, systematising and documenting terms belonging to a particular technical field or fields. They need to verify terms to establish their linguistic and technical accuracy, in collaboration with experts and other authorities. They provide equivalents in addition to creating terms in the target language. They may be required to edit and accurately proofread documents, as well as revise and update terminology used in them.
They are involved in the facilitation and standardisation of terminology, in collaboration with subject specialists, as well as promoting the use of standardised terms. They may also be involved in the compilation of glossaries or dictionaries, usually as part of a team, in order to make terminological data available to prospective users; and providing an information service, thereby rendering terminological and linguistic assistance and advice to the public.
Schooling & School Subjects
Degree: Bdegree with one or more of the country’s official languages as major subjects as well as a familiarity with subjects such as Economics, History, Political Science, or any of the subjects in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering or technology is a strong recommendation - most universities.
Translation Studies - Wits and UL. Linguistics - US, UZ, Wits. Language Practice - NWU, UFS
Some universities plan to include comprehensive modules on Lexicology and Lexicography that cover various aspects of terminology and terminography in their honours degree in Translation Studies.
Diploma: N.Dip: Language Practice - CUT, DUT
This diploma prepares students, inter alia, for entry to a career as a terminologist.
Practical in-service training plays an important part in the moulding of a terminologist and is usually undertaken by a senior official in a terminology office.
National Terminology Services
Department of Arts & Culture
Science and Technology
Private Bag X894
Tel. (012) 314-6157