An inside look at what it's like to be a medical editor/copy editor!
Interviews with professionals in the medical editing/copyeding field with 5 to 15+ years of experience. They each answer 9 questions on how to break into the field, pay to expect, experience needed and more. Excellent first-hand information.
Following is a summary of contributor accounts. These are insightful because they detail specific experiences from real professionals working in the field who explain how they got into the industry, what a typical day is like, and what you can look forward to as an editorial professional in this niche -- and much more.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Account #1: Medical Editor, 9 Years Experience
Account #2: Production Editor, Copy Editor, Editor 10+ Years Experience
Account #3: Medical Editor, Copy Editor, 15 Years Experience
Account #4: Medical Copy Editor, 5 Years Experience
CONTRIBUTORS ANSWERED THE FOLLOWING 9 QUESTIONS IN INSIGHTFUL DETAIL
1. How long have you been a medical editor/copy editor?
Excerpt of Contributor Response: I’ve been an editor in the medical publishing /advertising / education industry for nearly 9 years.
2. Do you know AMA? If so, how did you learn it?
Excerpt of Contributor Response: I initially learned AMA when I first started out as an assistant editor, but always keep my AMA style guide close at hand, because . . .
3. How did you get into the field?
Excerpt of Contributor Response: I got into this field purely by accident. I was going to school in the Midwest as a pre-med major but gravitated toward English elective classes. When I told one of my English professors that I was going to transfer to an East Coast school because I was homesick -- I'm from New York -- he suggested I change my major to English when I transfer out . . .
4. Describe a typical day on the job?
Excerpt of Contributor Response: A typical day could go from doing nothing to editing ads, editing monologues and transcribing CD's or making correction.
5. If you've worked in other fields, do you think medical editing/copyediting more difficult, less difficult, or has about the same difficulty as other types of editing / copyediting? Explain your response.
Excerpt of Contributor Response: Medical copyediting would probably be on the same level as legal and financial but somewhat more intense mainly because of . . .
6. In your opinion, what specific requirements are necessary to obtain employment in this field?
Excerpt of Contributor Response: You have to know proofreading symbols. Also, no one expects you to memorize the whole book, but it's important that you become familiar with the AMA Manual. Brush up on spelling, grammar and punctuation . . .
7. If someone has no experience, how would you advise they break into the field?
Excerpt of Contributor Response: If you want to break into the field, ask other copyeditors how they got into copyediting. I recommend taking proofreading and copyediting classes . . .
8. In your opinion, does medical editing/copy editing pay more/less/about the same as other types of editing/copy editing? Please give high/low, hourly/yearly wage ranges where possible.
Excerpt of Contributor Response: In my opinion, I think medical copyediting pays more than other types of editing. Publishing companies have an average hourly (at least what I've seen) . . . One publishing company I work for pays on a fee-per-project basis, or a flat fee.
9. Over the last five years, have you found it easier/harder/about the same to find employment in this field?
Excerpt of Contributor Response: Over the last five years, finding work in this field is about the same.
As you can see, contributor accounts are insightful because they detail specific experiences from real people who explain how they got into the field, what a typical day is like, and what you can look forward to as an editorial professional within this discipline -- and much more.
As stated above, this is e-booklet is the first place to start if you are curious about medical editing/copyediting and want to gain first-hand information from those who are currently employed in the industry. They detail how to go about securing a position, credentials needed, pay to expect, etc.
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