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Become A Health Science Writer

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Working As A Health Science Writer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $63,690

    Average Salary

What Does A Health Science Writer Do At ICF Consulting Group, Inc.

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* Reviewing scientific and peer-reviewed literature
* Analyzing quantitative and statistical data
* Solving quantitative and qualitative problems
* Data and statistical analysis involving Excel, Access, or other software , to summarize trends, develop and execute database queries, and develop and format modeling inputs
* Synthesizing scientific findings and communicating them through various formats and media (e.g., written reports, online websites, visualizations)
* Developing recommendations and draft reports
* Coordinating with other members of project teams throughout the company
* Interacting and corresponding with clients
* This position does not involve hands-on laboratory or field work

What Does A Health Science Writer Do At University of Florida

* Provides liaison librarian services to the students, faculty, and staff in the entire College of Pharmacy (COP), which consists of five departments.
* Liaison services include instruction, consultation, collection development, and other client-centered services as appropriate
* Provides liaison librarian services to the students, faculty, and staff in the College of Medicine’s (COM) Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
* Provides on-call, by appointment, and e-mail reference services to faculty, students, and staff of the University of Florida Health Science Center
* Participates in instruction programs using traditional classroom and active learning methods and innovative educational technologies
* Works in collaboration with COP and COM faculty in the development of new and adaptation of existing curricula, with a particular focus on supporting COP’s extensive distance education programs
* Participates in the collection management program.
* Selects and evaluates subject-based materials related to liaison assignment and works with faculty in selecting materials to support their academic and research programs
* Participates actively in the development, selection, and evaluation of web resources for subject guides and other client services
* Participates in planning, policy formation, and departmental decisions related to health science services, collections, and new technologies
* Actively serves on committees and in a team-based environment
* Performs scholarly research and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment and in accordance with tenure and promotion criteria
* Advertised Salary:
* Minimum salary $54,000; Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

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How To Become A Health Science Writer

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.


Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.


A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Health Science Writer Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Dutch

  • Arabic

  • Japanese

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • Urdu

  • Italian

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Top Health Science Writer Skills

  1. Physiology II
  2. Disease Prevention
  3. Health Science Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated data with World Health Organization and Center for Disease Prevention and Control in the region.
  • Evaluate vendor products and performance in order to negotiate contracts for library services.
  • Served as liaison for corona virus dealing with both the public health and emergency healthcare officials.
  • Performed literature searches for customers and monitored asthma journals for professional development.
  • Contribute articles as a residential essential oil expert for health, beauty and lifestyle website.

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