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Medical and Scientific Writer

Career data updated last on 8/21/2014
Medical and Scientific Writer Medical and scientific writers research, organize, write and edit scientific and technical material. This could include reports, proposals, speeches, articles for scientific journals, and instruction manuals. These writers may translate technical language into terms that are easier to understand or they may write in highly technical terms for experts. Medical and scientific writers gather information through researching a subject, interviewing experts and observing procedures. Selecting photos, charts diagrams or illustrations is also part of their job.
Salary $30.87- hourly $64,220- annually
Significant Points Demand for technical writers and writers with expertise in areas such as medicine is expected to increase because of the continuing expansion of technical and scientific information and the need to communicate it to others.
Work Environment Medical and scientific writers may work in a publications office of a medical center, company or educational institution. Some work on a free-lance (independent) basis.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements Medical and scientific writers must have a background in the fields in which they are working. Most earn at least a bachelorís degree in English, journalism or educational media with a minor emphasis in the sciences; or students may major in one of the sciences with a minor emphasis in journalism, English or technical writing.


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