What people that now work in Science communication have to say about their experiences.
What is your current job?
Mike L: Science journalist
What is your level of satisfaction with your current job?
Mike L: Extremely high
What qualifications were necessary for obtaining this position?
Mike L: There are no set qualifications. I have no science degree, for example; I simply have an enormous interest in science and a reasonably strong writing ability. That's not enough, however, to get a job, so I got started by getting a master's degree in journalism, which got me admitted to the club. Others, however, have begun without a degree, by getting small assignments from obscure media outlets to start with, then building on that to get better and better assignments
What additional training did you complete in order to be able to perform your duties?
Mike L: My master's degree got me the opportunity to perform my duties, but it only provided a minimum of training. The bulk of the training happened on the job
What was your last academic position before switching fields of work (i.e. PhD student, first/second post-doc etc)?
Mike L: Never held an academic position, since it's not relevant to what I do