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Senior Medical Writer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois
  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Description As Senior Medical Writer, you will be a key content creator as you ramp up into client facing opportunities. You are a strong team leader with a desire to grow organically in the agency.
Senior Medical Writer
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey
  • Salary: US$90000 - US$105000 per year
  • Description As Senior Medical Writer, you will be a key content creator and will be ramped up quickly to be an important client facer on large accounts. You will be very collaborative and must work well in a team

Medical Writers combine strong writing skills alongside scientific knowledge to clearly and effectively communicate information to a specific audience. The remit of Medical Writers is wide-ranging but generally focuses on either marketing, such as advertising copy and new release information, or scientific medical writing, which can include drug trials, medical studies and regulatory documents. 

Employment Outlook and Salary  
The average salary for Medical Writers in the United States is $71,450 per annum, with a range varying from $50,214 - $134,682. In the UK, Medical Writing Specialists receive an average salary of £29,625 per year, with a range of £22,897 - £43,010. Salaries vary and are determined by factors such as industry knowledge, writing skills, experience and academic background.
Changes in the regulatory environment and advances in technology ensure that the job prospects for medical writing specialists remain bright.

Job Description
Medical Writers produce, compile, and edit content for submission to various regulatory agencies covering all phases of clinical research and development. Content produced by Medical Writers is used in medical journals and publications as well as for internal use by an organization or institution. While subject matter can vary widely, common topics and subjects typically include study protocols, comprehensive clinical study reports, brochures, annual reports, integrated summaries of raw data and risk/benefit analysis.     
Medical Writers work with both clients and clinical teams to understand the brief for content production. They assess products and data using previous experience and medical expertise and may be required to develop their skills and experience in new areas when required.

Typical activities may include:

  • Composing documentation that is both accurate and easy to understand 
  • Eliciting relevant information from researchers, doctors and other healthcare industry professionals
  • Producing a variety of regulatory documents, fact sheets, press releases, research articles, and other materials in medical journals 
  • Reviewing medical data and documentation

Key Skills & Qualifications
A bachelor’s or master’s degree in a relevant field with adequate writing experience is usually an entry requirement for a medical writer, although some companies hire medical writers with a degree from a different specialization (such as communications or English) with some form of educational or working background in health and biological sciences. Excellent writing skills and basic computer skills are essential for this position. 

Institutions and companies that hire medical writers often look for professionals who offer a balance between excellent written communication skills and strong scientific medical knowledge. Additionally:

  • Excellent knowledge of English grammar and familiarity with style guide
  • Ability to communicate medical and scientific information in a concise and clear manner
  • Familiarity with clinical research principles
  • Ability to interpret and present complex information
  • Experience and familiarity in a medical specialty 
  • Thorough understanding of ICH and FDA guidelines and regulations 
  • Previous medical writing experience