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

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High School Courses

High school students should take classes in biology, chemistry, math, and English. Medical writers need to know the same terminology as health providers. Many employers prefer hiring a medical writer who has at least a bachelor’s degree in any type of science, but are willing to hire a graduate with a degree in journalism or English who has a minor in the science field or has taken several science courses. 

Education and Training

Professional Organizations

American Medical Writers’ Association
30 West Gude Drive, Suite 525
Rockville, MD, 20850-4347
240/238-0940
www.amwa.org

Health and Science Communications Assoc.
PO Box 31323
Omaha, NE, 68132
402/915-5373
hesca.net/

National Association of Science Writers
PO Box 7905
Berkeley, CA, 94707
510/647-9500
www.nasw.org

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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