In Summary - Science Communicator
A specialist teaching role combining science expertise with communication skills, aimed at encouraging students to explore science and scientific principals.
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The Work - Science Communicator
A Science Communicator works with students and other groups to bring Science, Engineering and Technology to life, and to increase understading of science and the role of scientists. They use a variety of tools such as demonstrations, lectures and workshops.
Interests - Science Communicator
This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Enthusiasm for science, and an ability to communicate that passion to a wider audience. Excellent conmmunication skills and writing skills.
Entry Requirements - Science Communicator
There is no single route to becoming a Science Communicator. A good understanding of science is a must. You do not actually need a science degree, although most people in the occupation have a a science background or a science-related qualification.
For example, Niamh Shaw, freelance Science Communicator and perfomer, did a degree in bioengineering at UCD, and a research masters in engineering, followed by a PhD on edible films – biodegradable packaging, in UCD food science department. She then took a postdoctoral research position in the food science and technology department in UCC, before pursuing training in performance - Career Articles on this page for more.
Last Updated: November, 2014
Pay & Salary - Science Communicator
Salary Range (thousands per year)* 30k - 60k
Last Updated: August, 2017
* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.