Science Information/Education Officer

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Science information and education officers are usually employed by community centres, museums and other tourist attractions to interact with and communicate science knowledge to visitors and the public. Professionals in this field often find employment in their area of expertise, for example biology majors may find work in wildlife parks or botanical gardens. Alternatively they may use their broader knowledge to find employment in establishments such as science and technology museums. Further opportunities also exist on government run projects where officers may be expected to visit school and community groups to encourage their participation and interaction in community based initiatives such as conservation projects.

While an undergraduate science degree is usually necessary for this type of work, complementary studies in education are also well regarded and excellent verbal communication skills are essential. Employment opportunities are competitive, especially in the more prominent museums and centres but may be improved by undertaking volunteer work or work experience.