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Monday, December 29, 2008


Science Writing and Editing: Job description & Resourses

Careers in science writing and editing can come in many forms such as science journalism, medical writing, technical writing/editing, marketing, science publication officers, and science textbook publishing. The American Medical Writing Association survey reported that the average salary for a science writer is between $58,000-100,000 per year with senior level writers potentially making $165,000 per year. Many science writers enjoy the flexibility of telecommuting and working from home. Science writers report reasonable hours and that this career is family friendly.

Some examples of desirable skills include the ability to:
What background is necessary: PhD and another degree?

“Is specialized training in science writing required to be successful in the field? Some of the country's top science writers have no training in journalism and would probably answer "no." Yet, even if a science writing degree isn't absolutely necessary for a science writing career, it does make entering the field a whole lot easier.” –Robin Arnette, PhD and science writer at NIEHS.

From a recent career panel on science writing in Spring 2008

Background of science writers:
Advice from science writers and editors:
More resources for science writing (Job Postings and Information):
American Medical Writers Association
National Association of Science Writing
The Council for Advancement of Science Writing
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