Specialists in science communication are increasingly in demand. Graduates of the programme will discover numerous career opportunities in industry, government, non-governmental agencies, universities, consultancy and media and research institutes. Communication specialists may also work as independent external consultants. Or you will become a researcher in the domain of science communication.
- Science Communication Manager: communication managers are charged with the control, direction and coordination of the communication processes within and from companies and organisations. They may be involved in planning future marketing actions and constructing and maintaining corporate images. Which becomes much more important in the high tech industry and research institutes world wide.
- Science Communication Officer / Advisor: science communication officers working in the private and public sector provide information to the press and various stakeholders about scientific developments within their companies and devise strategies to communicate their firms’ messages to a range of target audiences.
The science attachés are quite a specific kind of science communication specialists. See website.
- External Science Communication Advisor: External advisors provide advice on communication to industry, government, media, and non-governmental organizations. Many of these organisations are looking for experts who have a thorough understanding of science and technology processes as well as an understanding of how to effectively communicate about technical issues to their various target audiences.
- Science Communication Coach/Trainer: science communication coaches support, coach and train employees to get their message across. There are opportunities to work within a corporate environment or as independent consultants and service providers.
- Science Journalist: science journalists are engaged in the reporting of important developments in science and technology for both general interest newspapers, TV, Radio magazines, electronic media and other information outlets, as well as specialist journals and websites geared to specific target groups. Or even become an author of popular science books!
- Science Communication Researcher: science communication research at Delft University focuses on how to design communication processes. One of our objectives is to provide communication experts in science communication with instruments to optimise their communication processes, and to bridge the gap between theory and practice. This provides in quite a unique position in the science communication research domain. The Delft research is of course embedded in an national and international group of science communication researchers.
- Universities; TU Delft, Zurich, MIT or Imperial
- Academic hospitals; Erasmus MC, LUMC
- Industry; Shell, NASA, DSM
- Governmental organisations;
- Research institutes; TNO, Rathenau, Observa (It.)
- Media; Noorderlicht: 'De Kennis van Nu'
Frank Nuijens | WTC advisor
‘As a scientific and communication adviser, you have a strategic position within the organisation. Finding support within other organisations and companies is enormously important. But simply expounding theories and ideas won’t get you anywhere. You have to be good at passing on real knowledge in the interests of achieving a variety of goals’.