Science Writing: A Career That Can Fit Any Lifestyle
While a successful career in academia can be a very set path, a career in science writing has the breadth of options to fit a wider range of lifestyles. Whether it’s more structured work at an office or the more fluid life of a freelance position, a scientist can find a writing career that suits them.
If you have a passion for science and a desire to share that knowledge with the scientific community or the public at large through compelling storytelling, than consider a career in writing.
How can science writing fit your lifestyle?
- Structured: Get a job in the government or a nonprofit organization and work in the office. You may write press releases, content for a newsletter, or factsheets for the public in addition to doing typical office tasks including setting up appointments, answering emails, and attending staff meetings.
- Flexible yet focused: Working for a magazine or newspaper will often give writers the chance to write stories on new research as well as more in-depth feature stories about specific fields of research or diseases. Working from home is often possible as long as you meet your deadlines.
- Completely freeform: Freelance writers can truly dictate their own working conditions. They pitch stories to publications and keep track of their own deadlines, billing, and taxes. This type of work is extremely flexible but also requires strong organizational skills.