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When we think of STEM professionals, we generally think of scientists and engineers working in specialized laboratories or in the field doing quantitative and analytical work and, for the most part, that’s pretty accurate. However there are a number of critical STEM career pathways that help keep us safe and healthy without any traditional lab work. Science policy professionals work primarily in the field of communications explaining dense scientific topics to media outlets, elected officials, and the general public. These STEM professionals often influence policy, laws, and regulations by advising the attorneys and politicians who often develop these policies. Careers like “Science Policy Advisor, Science or Technical Specialist, or Public Policy Analyst” all combine STEM literacy with an ability to communicate effectively.