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Science Journalist Courses

Science Journalists report on scientific research, breakthroughs and discoveries as well as unpack scientific theory in journals, newspaper articles, magazine features, documentaries, and online publications. They carry out research, interview scientists and researchers, and create fact-based material that is both informative and entertaining.

As a Science Journalist you could be attending a science conference to learn about the latest research and findings, interviewing a highly-respected scientist about the possible social impacts of a recent discovery, reading a peer-reviewed journal, writing an outline for an upcoming newspaper article, fact-checking a blog post, or sending a completed assignment to your editor.

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Popular Science Journalist Courses

There are 9 courses available for people who want to become a Science Journalist. These are the top 5 most popular courses.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Science Journalists earn?

There are no clear salary figures for Science Journalists working in Australia right now. Increase your earning capacity by gaining formal qualifications in professional writing and specialist qualifications in a key area of science (eg, environmental science, ecology, genetics, astrophysics, medical science).

What are the job opportunities for Science Journalists?

There are no clear employment figures for Science Journalists working in Australia at this time. They are employed by advertising and marketing firms as well as universities, media outlets, newspapers, magazines and scientific journals. Many Science Journalists work freelance.

How do I become a Science Journalist?

To become a Science Journalist you will need to have professional-level writing skills and the ability to describe complex scientific theories, experiments, and discoveries in clear, everyday language. Get started with a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing plus a Bachelor of Science with specialist majors.

Source: Australian Government Labour Market Insights 2023

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Here are some potential career pathways within journalism and writing. Click on an occupation to learn more about the role and the qualifications that can help you get started in this industry.