I'm currently working on my PhD in applied physics and would like to get a sense for what the typical career path and background looks like for science writers. Although I love working as a scientist, there are a wide range of topics that I am interested in exploring besides my narrow research interests. I am also keen on having a flexible job that will allow me to live in several different parts of the world and work on my own schedule.
With that being said, is it common for one to transition from science PhD to science writer? How would somebody like me compete with others who have graduated from journalism school? Are there many jobs available in this field, where are some good places to start searching? Long term job prospects?