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  • Careers in Medical and Scientific Writing/Editing

    Greg Buchold
    Career Paths
    Science Writing
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    Careers in medical writing/editing tend to evolve over time, with a variety of roles and compensation schemes that favor self-motivation.  Some writers contribute to unpaid blogs, newsletters, or web pages as trainees and as independent professionals to increase their visibility to potential clients and employers. Having an undergraduate minor in English, creative writing, or journalism can be a helpful experience to be hired for these positions. Experience as a postdoc with editing manuscripts for those for whom English is a second language is great background to have.  There are several settings that employ science writers/editors, and they have distinct job titles despite some overlap in roles. The first major setting division is between those employed by an institution versus those that are freelancers. Within those employed full-time, settings include industry, academia/non-profits, and publishing. Industry Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies ...