AMWA: Who We Are
Medical communicators are professionals with a knowledge of both medicine and writing who are able to deliver complex scientific information to a variety of audiences. As the leading professional organization for medical communicators with a membership of nearly 5,000, the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) is well-situated to tap into their member network to better understand the diverse backgrounds and experience of medical communicators. In this article, AMWA presents the demographic data (eg, age, gender, education, and work experience) received from the Medical Communication Compensation Survey to create a snapshot of the medical writing community. AMWA emailed the most recent Web-based survey to medical writers and editors during the first quarter of 2019. Overall, 7,456 individuals received the survey, and 1,418 respondents completed the survey. About two-thirds (66.1%) of the respondents were employed by a company, similar to the 2015 survey (65.1%), whereas the remaining one-third were freelancers. Most respondents were female (83.4%), and the average age of all respondents was about 48 years. The average time spent working for pay as a medical communicator for all respondents was 12 years. Most respondents held a doctoral-level degree (46%) or a master’s degree (32%) as their highest level of education. Nearly half of all respondents had their highest degree in the field of science (47.2%), whereas 9% had their highest degree in English. A key takeaway from the survey is that medical communicators are a highly educated group of professionals, indicating a commitment to continuous learning. AMWA members are encouraged to keep their member profiles up to date to provide additional demographic information to support AMWA’s mission of promoting excellence in medical communication and providing educational resources in support of that goal.
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