Science Policy

Careers in science policy can be found in a number of different organizations both within and surrounding the federal government. Examples of possible careers include: legislative analyst for a Congressional office or committee; policy analysts within the executive branch agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF); government relations and policy analyst positions for organizations such as scientific or medical societies, patient advocacy organizations, and pharmaceutical companies; and analyst positions in "think tanks." In addition, science policy happens in a lot of other places: universities, local governments, and global consortia. A position in science policy requires scientific knowledge, analytical ability, and exceptional communication skills.

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We thank Laura Koontz and Pamela Bradley for their assistance in compiling the above information.