Become an Agent for Change with a Career in Science Advocacy
Are you constantly thinking about science with the big picture in mind? Do you thrive in a high-energy environment? Are you committed to staying current with the latest research?
Becoming involved in policy and advocacy work is a powerful way to use your scientific expertise to influence change. Scientists working in this field believe that science can improve society and are passionate about making that happen.
Potential job responsibilities include:
- Promoting a cause for nonprofits
- Working directly with policymakers as an advisor or speechwriter, using your knowledge of the current state of research
- Working to bring global health and science issues to the top of the international agenda
- Writing comprehensive policy papers on scientific topics
- Building grassroots support through letter-writing campaigns, events, and social media
- Ghostwriting opinion articles for local newspapers
- Attending briefings on Capitol Hill
If you are highly organized, strategic, resourceful, and passionate about making science accessible to the public, consider joining:
- The staff of a congressional member or legislative committee
- The advocacy department of a nonprofit organization or professional society such as SfN
- A government agency such as the Office of Science and Technology Policy, National Institutes of Health, or the National Science Foundation
Interested in being at the forefront of positive change?
Download the Policy and Advocacy Career Path Guide for more information on a day in the office, education and training requirements, career trajectories, employment outlook, and ways to get involved now.