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Name: Medical Editor/Writer
Description: Involves all aspects of writing, editing, and proofreading technical material for use in biomedical research, education and training, sales and marketing and other communication forms
Practice roles: Medical writer, medical editor, editorial assistant, managing editor, medical copyeditor/proofreader
Characteristics: Many opportunities for freelance work which can be done from home with flexible hours. Opportunities to combine medical knowledge with writing skills
Drawbacks: Work can be isolating. At times, working with very technical and voluminous data. Some work (e.g., preparing research summaries for FDA submission) is very detail-oriented and tedious
Desirable skills: Excellent writing skills. Good command of the English language. Ability to work with deadlines. Detail-oriented. Strong organizational and analytical skills, ability to work independently
Education: Varied, BS or higher often required
Employers: Pharmaceutical companies, medical marketing/communications companies, medical and general interest publications, medical education companies and professional organizations, freelance
American Medical Writers Association
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814