Science Policy Analyst

A science policy analyst uses his or her expertise to shape government policy on science-related issues such as stem cell research, climate change, energy, fisheries management, biotechnology, and more. Government is full of politicians and lawyers who have little scientific training or education. And a lot of what politicians hear about science is coming from corporations or other interests that are not always concerned with science. A science policy analyst brings scientific methodology and real data to a policy debate so that decision makers can better understand an issue before writing a law or planning a budget. They also help explain policies to scientists, including the political and legal issues. Science policy analysts usually have a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in policy or a science. Some begin their careers right after graduate school, while others become analysts after years of scientific research. Work is available in the public and private sectors. Most graduate programs in science policy look for college graduates who have taken courses in biology, chemistry, and economics.

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