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Science + communication careers to consider

If talking is your thing and you love science, we’re here to tell you being a science communicator is a real and growing career option

Science + communication is a job that does exactly what it says on the box: you communicate science. 

It’s one of the best jobs going in the STEM field because communicators get to talk to the people making cutting edge discoveries, and translate that for non-scientists.

Your job could be in journalism, public relations, museum and exhibition curation, documentary making, being a scientist who loves TikTok, advising governments – even your teachers are science communicators. 

Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Ursula Le Guin might be two of the most famous science communicators out there: one is an astrophysicist, and the other is a science fiction author. 

Closer to home, Brett Lewis is an earth and atmospheric scientist at QUT who studies coral biology and uses videography to tell stories. His passion for coral videos means he’s been featured in ABC, PBS and BBC documentaries and a raft of popular U.S. science magazines, and it’s helping us better understand and protect coral.

To be a science communicator, you’ll need to be willing to dive into difficult topics and ask a lot of probably-dumb questions. Plus, you’ll need to learn to write and communicate clearly so you can tell a story that non-scientists will understand and find fascinating.

Science + communication careers

CareerCoursesWhat you’ll doSalary range
Science communicatorBachelor of Science (Science Communication), ANUJobs include hosting podcasts and radio shows, like Jen Martin, writing books, or teaching other scientists how to communicate.$77K–$150K
Science journalistBachelor of Science / Bachelor of Journalism, The University of QueenslandYou might work in the media, or as a writer for professional services firms, public relations agencies, or pharmaceutical companies.$60K–$120K
Science policy advisorBachelor of Public Policy / Bachelor of Science, ANUJobs include advising government organisations such as the Climate Change Authority, or you could advise state or federal governments.$90K–$150K
Science teacher, party hostBachelor of Science / Master of Teaching, Victoria UniversityThere’s a shortage of science teachers, and entertainers who can do science with children at parties and in schools are also in demand.$25-$70/hour

Science communications + careers role models

We’re proud to have interviewed a bunch of science communicators! Check out the stories of some of the awesome people working in science + communication careers below:

This story first appeared in Careers with STEM: Science 2024.


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