Science Writing and Communication

In science communication and publishing, you will help explain science to others. Many communications careers involve scientific writing in the form of journal articles, popular press articles, press releases and case study documentation. Writing can vary from highly technical descriptions for physicians to big-picture concepts for the general public. Moreover, science communication involves other forms of media such as illustration and animation.


  • Boston Univerisity 2016 Workforce data for communication career
  • The Wayne State University BEST program communication panel discussion: Panelists – WSU alumni, industry and internship partners, and WSU faculty – share a range of insights about their work at the intersection of science and communication including science writing and editing, communicating with a variety of audiences, the visual display of information, and the variety of opportunities available in the field.



BEST trainee, Lorena Infante Lara writes about her exploration of this career: I Can’t Wait to Fail: The path to a science career has more than two routes

Sample Job Titles

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Communications manager/officer/director

Public relations manager/officer/director

Media director

Press officer

Science writer

Medical writer

Editor/journal editor

Copy editor





Scientific animator/illustrator

Medical Science Liaison

Leah Potter, PhD, Medical Writer, Synchrogenix

In the “Beyond the Lab” video series, the BRET Office of Career Development within the Vanderbilt School of Medicine interviews Vanderbilt PhD and postdoctoral alumni about their career path.