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Since terminologists are expected to have in-depth knowledge of terminology used in the United Nations, these positions are often open only to language professionals (e.g. translators, editors or verbatim reporters) who are already working in the United Nations or have worked for the Organization in the past.

At some duty stations and regional commissions, however, job openings for terminologists, in which having passed one of the competitive examinations is not a requirement, are occasionally posted on the United Nations careers portal. In such cases, formal training and/or experience working in terminology management in a large organization is usually required.