Medical Illustrator (MI)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Medical Illustrators provide visual aids to enhance the understanding of medical science. They draw illustrations of human anatomy and surgical procedures.
  • Illustrators create graphics by hand, computer, or other technical equipment to be used in publications, television, presented at workshops/museums, or posted on instructive websites.
  • They use a variety of mediums including pen and ink, watercolor, plaster, wax, plastics, and photographic equipment. They are increasingly utilizing computer graphic software packages to create illustrations.
  • Medical Illustrators need to have a solid foundation in anatomy and general medical knowledge so they can present visual aids accurately.
  • Medical Illustrators can work in medical schools, large hospitals and clinics, for publishers of medical textbooks and journals, or advertising firms that carry pharmaceutical accounts. They can also work for public or private research institutions or pharmaceutical firms.
  • Some Medical Illustrators are similar to freelance artists who try to develop a set of clients who regularly contract for work. They can then pick and choose the jobs that they will take, and many times work at home.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Medical and Scientific Illustrators like using their creativity and many different skills to complete projects.
  • People are generally very appreciative of work a Medical Illustrator accomplishes.


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