Medical & Biomedical Writing Careers

What is Biomedical Writing?

Biomedical Writing is the profession, the professionals are medical writers. University of the Sciences defines medical writers as trained clinical scientists who translate data they have interpreted, and may have analyzed and created, into tables, figures, and prose, on behalf of sponsors from the private or public sector.

As a trained medical writer you'll also be a medical editor, which we define as converting medical and scientific prose into a form easily understood by a target audience.

Where do Medical Writers work?

As a trained medical writer you will be able to convert data into documents for general and professional audiences in government agencies, medical societies, and the pharmaceutical industry.

You'll create print and electronic documents for universities, healthcare institutions, research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, nonprofit agencies, and mass media to communicate pharmaceutical and health data. Many medical writers move into management positions onsite in pharmaceutical companies, while others do freelance work entirely out of their homes.

What types of positions do medical writers hold?

Medical writers and medical editors work in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries with many titles, including:

  • Medical Writer
  • Company President
  • Editor-in-Chief
  • Editorial Specialist
  • Scientific Editor
  • Medical Editor
  • Science Writer
  • Manager of Medical Writing
  • Manager of Medical Affairs
  • Scientific Communications Specialist
  • Proposal Writer
  • Regulatory Documentation Specialist
  • Clinical Writing Scientist
  • Grant Writer
  • Production Editor
  • Clinical Writer

What types of documents do Medical Writers create?

In each specialized field, as a medical writer you'll analyze and produce statistical, clinical, and regulatory documents.

  • Publications–case reports, posters, abstracts, slide presentations, peer-reviewed journal articles, websites, review articles, newsletters, press releases, and training programs
  • Education–grant applications, posters, abstracts, and continuing medical education (CME) materials
  • Regulatory Agencies–protocols, investigator brochures, case report forms, clinical study reports, pharmacokinetic reports, microbiology reports, integrated summaries, and other documents for FDA marketing authorization submissions (INDs, NDAs, PMAs, 510(k)s, BLAs)

Career Services

From career counseling and helping you develop networks with other alumni, to assisting you with making contacts in the pharmaceutical industry, University of the Sciences can help you advance and develop your career. For information and assistance, contact our Office of Career Services at 215.596.7280.