A bachelor’s in biology may lead you to become a science policy expert — an important bridge between researchers and the public, and one of the less travelled career paths mentioned in a previous post.
“One of the best-selling points for science is showing how discoveries inside the lab will benefit everyone outside of it,” Geoffrey Hunt for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) writes.
Hunt shares several routes you can take in the world of science advocacy and public policy:
- As a lobbyist for funding or legislation around a particular science issue
- Working directly for legislators or a particular society
- Working on the production and analysis of scientific reports in response to directives from lawmakers
Regardless of which realm they work in, science policy experts demonstrate literacy in science, economics and politics.
Assumption bachelor’s in biology students curious about a career in science policy are provided a number of opportunities to explore this field, such as POL 321 Public Policy or ECO 235 Environmental Economics.
Policy analyst Chris Pickett outlines a few skills to develop, including getting involved, asking questions, honing your writing skills, and paying attention to current science topics.
“Read the relevant literature,” Pickett says. “Pay attention to the news. Science funding, minority affairs, immigration reform and many other science policy matters are discussed in top-tier scientific journals and the mainstream media.”