What does a Medical Science Liaison do?

Medical science liaisons work in a specialized role within healthcare fields including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical devices. They possess a concentration on a specific therapeutic area, including oncology or cardiology. They are responsible for establishing relationships with leading physicians, researchers, and clinicians, who are the key opinion leaders at academic institutions, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.

Medical science liaisons ensure products are used effectively and serve as scientific resources and experts who advise on upcoming advances and treatments while providing input about relevant scientific and clinical data. They respond to requests for information and provide training to sales and marketing teams when appropriate, they analyze clinical trends and practices and host advisory boards. They utilize their research and communication skills and provide doctors and other interested parties with information about new medical products. Medical science liaisons need a doctorate and a background in clinical research experience and relevant industry and related product knowledge.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Medical Science Liaison Salaries

Average Base Pay

$157,092 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$120K
Median: $157K
$206K
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Medical Science Liaison Career Path

Learn how to become a Medical Science Liaison, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Medical Science Liaison Insights

Read what Medical Science Liaison professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
NovartisNovartis
Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
Jan 18, 2022

“Work life balance is not the best although the company is trying to support it with different initiatives”

IQVIAIQVIA
Medical Reviewer
Apr 26, 2021

“Great and excellent place to work.”

Sema4Sema4
Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
Sep 15, 2020

“It is difficult to see opportunities for career growth and places to gain new skills.”

BayerBayer
Medical Science Manager
Nov 22, 2021

“less drug pipeline and no career development at tier”

GlaxoSmithKlineGlaxoSmithKline
Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
Aug 8, 2021

“Training and personal development focus”

Sema4Sema4
Medical Science Liaison (MSL)
Sep 15, 2020

“I am given the freedom to do my job independently but have support when it is needed.”

Omnicuris HealthcareOmnicuris Healthcare
Medical Reviewer
Jan 4, 2021

“I got to dip my hands in lots of projects with diverse variety of experiences.”

IPSENIPSEN
Medical Science Liaison
Feb 5, 2020

“My interview was smooth and I knew what to expect.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a medical science liaison

When working as a medical science liaison, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are PharmD, MD PhD, DNP, Computer Literacy, and Advanced Degree.

The most similar professions to medical science liaison are:
  • Physician Advisor
  • Medical Manager
  • Registrar
  • Physician

The most common qualifications to become a medical science liaison include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.