Science Writer

The job of a science writer is to put science in a language that a general audience can understand and enjoy. Science writers’ works appear in general interest magazines, newspapers, textbooks, websites, radio programs, television shows, and much more. The challenge in science writing is to first understand the science and then write about it in a way that will be engaging and understandable to an audience. Some science writers are reporters who write every day on a new discovery or outcome of research; others are best-selling authors who spend months or years researching and writing on a specific topic. Most benefit from a background in both science and English, journalism, or writing. There are a number of graduate programs in science writing, but a graduate degree is not required to work in this field.

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