Science writers research, write and edit scientific news, articles and features. They write for business, trade and professional publications, specialist scientific and technical journals, and the general media.
Science writers need to be able to understand complex scientific information, theories and practices. They then need to be able to write in a clear, concise and accurate language that can be understood by the general public.
Science writers are sometimes known as science or scientific journalists. They write for the media, reporting on scientific news but can also take on a more investigatory and critical role.
Science writing for non-media outlets involves communicating scientific research to a professional or lay audience, either for journals, promotional brochures and websites or as press releases. Some science writing jobs might have an element of editing or broader communications responsibilities in addition to researching and writing.