What does a Freelance Medical Writer do?

Medical writers are the unifiers between scientific medical knowledge and written communication for various institutions including hospitals, academic medical centers, or pharmaceutical companies. They often follow one of two paths: scientific medical writing or non-scientific or marketing medical writing. Medical writers translate drug trials and medical study findings as well as clinical data to put into presentations to regulatory documents and for medical journal abstracts that are distributed to a professional audience.

Medical writers focus on writing the advertising copy, news releases, and educational materials for general audiences. They work alongside doctors, scientists, and other relevant health professionals to develop their content and create information that is distributed to patients including leaflets or pamphlets or websites and educational materials which include slides and posters. Medical writers need a minimum bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in journalism or English and experience in health and science writing as well as fluency about regulation and approval within the medical field.

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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Freelance Medical Writer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$87,104 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Freelance Medical Writer Career Path

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Medical Writing Manager
Oct 24, 2019

“Good systems and resources”

Porterhouse MedicalPorterhouse Medical
Medical Writer
Feb 3, 2021

“Long hours only if absolutely necessary (but doesn’t anyone professional pull it out of the bag if needed?).”

Quotient SciencesQuotient Sciences
Medical Writer
Aug 19, 2019

“I often have to work late and feel like my salary is not reflective of my work.”

Medical Writer
Jan 22, 2021

“Professional development opportunities are great.”

Medical Writer
Sep 10, 2019

“This puts tremendous pressure on the few resources who demonstrate the ability to work on the project.”

Senior Medical Writer
Jun 16, 2021

“Good investment into career development and plenty of training opportunities.”

Marketing Science Writer
Jun 26, 2020

“Great opportunities for career growth and development.”

Q² SolutionsQ² Solutions
Medical Writer II
Sep 4, 2020

“Limited career ladder and continually understaffed.”

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