How to Get Started

Very few science writers obtain meaningful employment without a college degree. As stated earlier, it doesn’t matter if the degree is in a field of science, in English or in journalism, but some type of degree is necessary or an employer will not take the writer seriously. Those still in school or those who will be going to college with science writing in mind should take courses that will help them with writing. Learning proper grammar, sentence structure and technique is essential to a career in writing, no matter what the subject. Those who major in English or journalism should complement their studies with survey courses in more than one type of science so they are familiar with scientific subjects.

While still in school, it is recommended to hone science writing skills by writing science stories for the college newspaper or in an amateur or internship capacity. Many media organisations take on interns who are preparing for a career in writing.

Those who are already college graduates may wish to go back to earn a second degree relating to science or journalism, or they may wish to earn a higher degree in their original course of study. However, writing training is the most-studied subject for degree-holders wishing to become a science writer later in life.

Those aiming for a career in science writing must also stay up-to-date on all of the latest trends in science. This means reading several science journals and magazines. Reading and studying in science will be a never-ending task.

Some writers must first obtain a job writing general stories. Only after obtaining some experience, they will then qualify to write for the science department. This is often true with newspapers and general news magazines.