The Who, What, Where of Careers:
Science Outreach


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What does this person do? 

  • Organizes activities that promote communication and training of science students
  • Conducts needs-based assessments from the targeting population
  • Initiates new programs to cover gaps in communication and training
  • Lobby/searches for funding sources to support programs
  • Creates relationships with potential volunteers/vendors to assist in programming
  • Created marketing materials and promotes programs

Where does this person work?   

  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Universities and colleges

Education and Experience Requirements:

The degrees and experience for this position vary:

  • Positions focused on science communication require a BS, MS, or PhD in science fields and may require a journalism degree
  • Positions focused on the training/curriculum of science students require a BS, MS, or PhD in science, higher education, or career advising
  • Director-level positions require a BS, MS, or PhD with many years of relevant experience

What to Consider before Entering the Profession:

  • Do you like traveling and meeting people? At nonprofits, you attend conferences to recruit volunteers for programs and promote your activities.
  • The work you do stands behind the company’s name, not yours, i.e., there is little opportunity for scientific publishing in journals.


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FoR Changing Science: From Academia for Nonprofit

Garypic LPAs a bright high school student in Scotland, Gary McDowell applied for a summer course in biochemistry in London, and as much as it felt like it was a shot in the dark, he got in. Gary’s passion for science was ignited and he started on a path towards a productive scientific career. He completed his BA, Master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge and completed two postdocs at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Tufts University. “There is this sense of inevitability - that if you’re smart, you’re expected to pursue a career in science,” says Gary. Gary is now an Executive Director for a nonprofit that focuses on improving the scientific research endeavor.