Do you love science?
Are you a good communicator?
Why not combine these two interests and become a science communicator!
Why Is Science Communication Important?
Effective science communication is critical to having a positive impact on the way science is viewed by the public.
-- Robert Irion
Most Americans have a positive image of scientists, but many don't see them as good communicators.
What Do Scientific Communicators Do?
Scientific communicators communicate scientific information to non-scientific audiences.
are digital storytellers/narrators
translate complicated science-related information into understandable language for the general public
What Skills Do They Need?
Read. Write. Repeat. It's all about reading, writing, thinking, and speaking.
Essential skills include:
Creating and using charts
It is helpful to know how to:
Write a blog
Establish media connections
Use social media
Where Do They Work?
You Might Love It If...
You're really into science.
You're curious about the world around you.
You can think critically when reading about research findings.
You love to read, read, and read more.
Talking to people and reaching out to them is your thing.
It's Probably Not for You If...
You get tired of reading the latest scientific debates, like whether butter or margarine is best.
You don't like to connect with other people.
You couldn't care less about how well-informed people are.
Science seems boring to you.
How Do I Become a Science Communicator?
Earn a degree. The most valued degrees are Science Communication degrees, or any teaching-related degree.
Get some experience. Volunteer. Complete an internship.
Network. Attend a conference. Connect with peers on Linkedin.
Grow your skills. Besides your communication skills, science communicators need to keep up to date with the latest scientific research.
The average salary for a scientific communicator is: