Freelance Medical Writing Career

Use Your Scientific or Medical Background to Earn a High Income Working From Home

Last updated 2022-01-10 | 4.2

- Decide whether medical writing is an appropriate career choice to pursue

What you'll learn

Decide whether medical writing is an appropriate career choice to pursue

* Requirements

* An advanced degree in a science (eg
* MD or PhD)
* English fluency
* and writing ability


Hi there! If you are in a scientific or medical career and are experiencing burnout or just want to spend more time at home with your family, this course may be for you!  

Medical writing is a career choice that few people have heard about, but for someone with a strong science background and writing ability, medical writing is a GREAT way to earn a substantial income working from the comfort of your own home. 

In this course, I will introduce you to medical writing as a career choice.  I'll discuss the following:

  • What medical writing is and what it is not   

  • Types of clients you can expect

  • Genres of medical writing   

  • The importance of a scientific background   

  • The importance of writing ability   

  • Necessary traits to succeed at freelance medical writing 

  • The software and equipment you’ll need as well as how to promote yourself   

  • How to transition from your day job and whether you should seek a staff job first or go straight into freelancing

  • The steps you need to take to get in to medical writing

  • What a day in the life of a medical writer is like 

  • And last but not least, the type of income you can expect to earn

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to know more about a career in freelance medical writing

Course content

5 sections • 20 lectures

Introduction Preview 01:28

Learn more about this course and whether it is the right fit for your background. 

About Dr. Emma Hitt Nichols Preview 04:04

About your instructor. 

What Is Medical Writing? Preview 03:58

What medical writing is and isn't and the different genres. 

Types of Clients Preview 03:14

A description of the type of clients medical writers have. 

How Much Can You Make? Preview 03:43

How much money can you make as a medical writer?

Quiz 1

Importance of a Science Background Preview 02:20

Why it is important to have a strong science background.

Writing Ability Preview 01:32

You learned how to write in 3rd grade? You still have to spend some time studying writing. 

Working From Home Preview 01:34

Attention to Detail Preview 03:15

Typical attributes of successful medical writers. 

Quiz 2

Steps to Getting Started Preview 01:26

Getting started in medical writing--the five steps. 

Writing Skills Preview 02:24

Learning how to write. 

Software and Equipment You'll Need to Get Started Preview 02:39

Software and equipment you'll need to get started. 

Website, LinkedIn, and Professional Associations Preview 02:39

The pros and cons of having a website vs. a LinkedIn profile, and professional associations you should consider joining. 

Getting Your First Clients Preview 04:00

How to get your first medical writing clients. 

Quiz 3

A Day in the Life Preview 05:02

Freelance Vs. Staff Preview 02:40

Are you cut out for freelancing, or would a staff job be a better fit? 

Bonus Lecture Preview 02:15

Find out where you can get more info about being freelance medical writer.