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.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
18%
2 - 4
58%
5 - 7
14%
8+
10%

Common Skill Sets

Writing
PHD
Adobe Acrobat
English Speaker
SharePoint
PharmD
Editing
Written Communication

Medical Writer Seniority Levels

Editor
8% made the transition
Copywriter
28% made the transition
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Medical Writer Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹ 5,39,327 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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₹339K
Median: ₹539K
₹1,064K
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