To answer the question of what professional writing is, there are many available avenues. Almost every career field imaginable can involve some sort of “professional writing” or vital usage of rhetoric. There is no strict definition of professional writing. Communications can take this form in marketing and advertising, social science, engineering, business management, education, political science, natural science and life science among many others. I will examine, more closely, the latter of the group, life science, particularly in the human medical world, an area where professional writing refers to following strict sets of guidelines and appeasing to pressures applied for several different source; not merely a means of communicating.
What do medical writers do?
Even after narrowing down professional writing to its different career fields, it can still be a little more specific than the term “professional writing” itself. The medical field is a great example; writers can play crucial roles in pharmaceutical companies, communication resources, contract resource organizations, or perhaps as freelance medical writers (EMWA). I will look more specifically at pharmaceutical companies, where incredible skill and efficiency is required as writers submit documents regarding clinical studies, and in preparing documents to submit to regulatory authorities regarding new products.
Firstly, writers in pharmaceutical agencies can carry a larger burden than in other medical industries due to the fact that, not only does their work possess the ability to do both great social benefit and social harm, but on average, every new drug introduced swallows over $200 million in the United States, and seven to ten years of efforts at regulating and monitoring its usage and effects. Chances of success for each drug are roughly one in 10,000. Pharmaceutical writers may also have to deal with different countries’ requirements for testing, marketing, and documentation. Add in the tumultuous nature of the industry’s corporate make-up, and a pharmaceutical writer can have more obstacles on his hands than anything else (Bonk, 319). This all lends a higher standard to these writers, and one that potential employers hold them to in a strict manner, both before and after the hiring process.
Pharmaceutical drugs face a rigorous process before their submissions to the proper regulatory agencies. Thus, these agencies will usually require all of these processes to be documented. The writer must include information on its basic molecular design, nonclinical research on its efficacy and safety, clinical research involving further complex testing in human subjects, a submission of an application in order to obtain licensing, and data concerning safety and other relevant issues from real-life usage. It is critical that every study involved in each process along the way comprises its own separate documentation or report. Even after all of these...