Tips for Starting a Medical Writing Career

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What qualifications do medical writers need?

Tips for Starting a Medical Writing Career

Medical writers work in a variety of settings, including: pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devise. But, before launching your career, it's important to get the required education and experience. Read on to learn tips for positioning yourself for medical writing jobs.

Secure the required education. Typically, employers prefer that medical writers have a background in life sciences, English or journalism. A bachelor's degree is usually required, with a master's degree preferred for some positions.

Check out certification options. The Medical Writers Association provides certifications to members that complete education courses. This can be an appealing qualification on your medical writing resume.

Securing medical writing experience. Because this industry is competitive, getting experience and writing samples is important to launching your career. Consider applying for internships or volunteer positions to a get a year of experience before applying to full-time or freelance positions.

   

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