Main Topic: Physical Geography
Secondary Topic: Environment and Society
Overview: In order to become a science writer, you must have an educational background that allows you to understand scientific terms, principles, concepts and methods, while also providing you with skills in journalism and writing. For this reason, if you want to become a science writer, you should major in journalism or science, and take courses that complement the other; that is, if you are a journalism major you should take science courses, and if you are a science major you should take journalism courses. A science writer researches, writes and edits scientific news articles and features, scientific journals, trade publications and professional publications. Science writers must be able to understand complex scientific information, theories and practices in addition to possessing strong writing skills. Science writers must be able to write about scientific topics in a concise and articulate manner that can be easily understood by readers who may not be experts in the subject. Many science writers prepare works for the general public; while others write for professional audiences, such as scientists, physicians and engineers. Some duties may include: Produce articles for publication both in print and online. Produce articles with an agreed upon style and within a strict time frame. Conduct interviews with scientists and academics from various fields. Establish a network of industry experts. Attend academic and press conferences. Read and research specialized publications such as company reports, scientific papers, newspapers, magazines and journals. Liaise with colleagues in order to determine article or publication content.
Geographers at work: Physical Geographers, Human Geographers
Recommended College Courses: Physical Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing, Environmental Management, Quantitative Methods, Human Geography, Regional Geography, World Geography, Qualitative Methods, Geographic Information Systems, Cultural Geography
Skills: Written Communication, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods
Written by Christopher Hinojosa