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A medical writer/editor works in all areas of writing, editing and copy editing of technical material. This material is used in research, education, training, sales and marketing and other medical mediums.

A medical writer/editor has numerous opportunities for freelance work, combining writing skills with medical knowledge. It does have a few drawbacks: Freelance work can be isolating. The writing often deals with technical, complex issues and data. Much of the writing, such as research summaries, is meticulous.

A medical writer/editor must have excellent writing skills, a strong command of English, attention to detail, good organizational and analytical skills and an ability to meet deadlines. A bachelor's degree or higher is usually required.

Medical writers/editors are employed by hospitals, medical marketing/communications companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical trade journals and publications, education companies and organizations, and as freelancers.

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