Science and Medical Writers

Science and medical writers translate technical medical and scientific information so it can be disseminated to the general public and professionals in the field. Science and medical writers research, interpret, write, and edit scientific and medical information. Their work often appears in books, technical studies and reports, magazine and trade journal articles, newspapers, company newsletters, and on Web sites, and may be used for radio and television broadcasts. Science and medical writers may also be known as science and medical authors or medical and science communicators. 

Quick Facts
Duties Write articles about science- and medical-related topics; conduct research; interview medical and science professionals
Alternate Title(s) Medical and Science Communicators, Science and Medical Authors
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • English
  • Journalism
Experience Prior writing experience required
  • Computer
  • Research
  • Scientific
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Organized
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Editor
  • Senior Writer
  • Writer
  • Junior Writer or Editorial Assistant

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