University of Wisconsin–Madison

Medical Writer

Medical writers, often called health writers and editors, analyze and interpret complex medical issues in order to present them in understandable and concise publications such as newspaper health columns, journal articles, brochures, radio and television scripts, and instruction manuals.

Work Activities/Work Locations

Medical writers can spend their time writing articles for newsletters and journals or writing scripts for television or radio advertisements or assisting with medical textbooks and educational courses. Medical writers work for publishing companies, hospitals, academic institutions, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, medical equipment companies, advertising agencies, and radio and television stations.

 Education: 4 years

 Patient Interaction: Low

 Physical Activity: Low

 Salary: $59,450

 Job Growth: Low

Getting Started

Career Outlook

Number Employed in 2012 (Wisconsin): 1,240
Expected Employment in 2022 (Wisconsin): 1,320
Percent Employment Growth (2012-2022): 6%
Expected Annual Openings: 50
Median Salary in 2014 (Wisconsin): $59,450

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