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Breaking into Medical Writing and Editing

Get into this lucrative field by writing and editing technical reports, marketing collateral and more

By Kristen Fischer - January 6, 2012
If the thought of seeing a doctor or just hearing about blood gives you White Coat Syndrome, perhaps the medical communications field isn't the right fit for you. But if you enjoy research and can understand complex jargon, being a medical writer or editor could be the perfect way to expand your portfolio and your paycheck.

"The opportunity for good medical communicators is tremendous and is continuing to grow," said Brian Bass, co-author of The Accidental Medical Writer. "The medical communications field is very broad as well as very deep."

He says there are two categories of people who come into the field: those with a scientific background who want to prove they can write or edit, or those who have a strong editorial aptitude but want to show they can handle scientific content. What's that mean for the everyday journalist? If you can break into the field, you stand a chance to build a strong career in it. And if you can leverage your existing skill set, it'll be that much easier to prove your worth.

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