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  • Navigating the Opportunities in Science Writing

    Emma Hitt, PhD
    Career Paths
    Science Writing
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    Science writing seems like a well-defined, narrow description of an activity, but in reality many options abound in the field. Science writers can work at various types of companies, institutions, or organizations. They can write in many different genres, they can be freelance or staff, or they may even spend very little of their time writing. When I started out, I knew I wanted to freelance rather than work in a staff job, but that was about it. The rest was a murky haze. I wasn’t entirely sure which genre of writing to specialize in; whether I should write for a clinician or a general audience; or whether I should edit, write, or manage other writers. It turns out, a decade later, that I have gravitated towards writing about medical topics for a physician ...