What does a 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.

What responsibilities are common for Medical Writer jobs?
  • Other activities, special projects and assignments may be given as required.
  • Analyze, interpret, and distill data and other information to create documents.
  • Ensure timely delivery of high quality documents to internal customers and sponsors.
  • Responsible for planning and leading the writing group for assigned program.
  • Provide senior review of documents and training/mentoring for others.
  • Act as medical writing lead and liaison for major clients and partners.
  • Provide guidance for medical writing processes, standards, and initiatives.
  • Complete documents within a time period that support project needs and deadlines.
  • Write, edit, review, finalize, and track CSR safety narratives.
  • Provide estimated total of editorial hours needed on projects, as needed.
  • Ensure all documents are produced with strict adherence to ICH guidelines and applicable federal regulations.
  • Learn and continually maintain therapeutic area and product knowledge and apply to publication projects.
  • Review reporting and analysis plans and provide critical input on the content and display of tables.
  • Represent medical writing on cross-functional teams and task forces (related to projects, process, and standards).
  • Network with senior internal and external personnel in own area of expertise.
  • Ensure overall compliance with applicable departmental standard operating procedures.
  • Contribute to medical writing initiatives to develop and improve processes.
  • Effectively manage multiple assignments in parallel, ensuring adherence to quality, timelines and budget requirements.
  • Contribute substantially to, or manage, production of interpretive guide.
  • Demonstrate sound professional judgment in analyze, responding to, and resolving enquiries, issues and escalations.
What are the typical qualifications for Medical Writer jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in science or pre-medicine and experience as a medical writer.
  • Prior experience as a consultant.
  • Demonstrated leadership and critical thinking skills.
  • Fluency in document management systems and templating.
  • Dedication to operational excellence.
  • Strict attention to details and dedication to operational excellence.
  • A natural collaborator and leader with decision making.
  • Experience with InDesign.
  • Able to gather, edit, and disseminate information.
  • Sound critical thinking skills and judgment.
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Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.6 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Medical Writer make?

Confident
$97,236 /yr
Total Pay
$77,951
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$19,285
 /yr

Additional Pay

$97,236

 / yr
$23K$541K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Medical Writer Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
18%
2 - 4
58%
5 - 7
14%
8+
10%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Read what Medical Writer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Ashfield Healthcare CommunicationsAshfield Healthcare Communications
Senior Medical Writer
Dec 16, 2020

“Can be a nice place where to work if you don't get a career psychopath as a line manager.”

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?).”

MattsenKumarMattsenKumar
Research Writer
May 1, 2022

“Good and timely payments.”

Prime Global Medical CommunicationsPrime Global Medical Communications
Associate Medical Writer
Feb 19, 2021

“Good good good good good”

HCL TechnologiesHCL Technologies
Medical Writer
Oct 5, 2021

“Good good good good good”

FreyrFreyr
senior associate scientific writer
Feb 11, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Molecular ConnectionsMolecular Connections
Scientific Writer
Jun 12, 2021

“I cannot say any pros about the organization except salary credit on the first day of the month”

AbbottAbbott
Medical Writer
Jan 22, 2021

“Professional development opportunities are great.”

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