If you have a science background and a way with words, there could be lots of opportunities for you in the healthcare and medical communications industry. Medical writers are employed by pharma or healthcare companies and agencies to write, edit and review a variety of content for medical, regulatory and clinical documents. This includes writing guidelines, briefings, technical documents, case reports, clinical research reports and safety/efficacy summaries.
Medical writers normally have a degree in a science or related subject and have excellent communications skills including the ability to adapt their writing style to different audiences. Medical writers often work closely with subject matter experts to ensure their writing is of the highest standard of technical accuracy, so being a team player is also essential.
The starting salary for a medical writer in the UK is usually around £26,500 and can increase to £56,000 for principal medical writers. Check out our most recent Healthcare Communications Salary Survey Report for more details. Each company structures their salary and benefits differently and some of the perks are fantastic!
Some medical writers choose to work freelance and provide medical writing services to healthcare business and agency clients. This is a great option for more experienced or established medical writers looking to maintain a different work/life balance, who have commitments at home which make it difficult to work full time or those that just want to be their own boss! Freelance medical writing jobs are often advertised in the same way as any other contract position, through recruitment agencies like Paramount.
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