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Medical Illustrator    
Medical illustrators are those rare individuals who have both a demonstrated artistic ability and a detailed knowledge of human and animal anatomy, as well as knowledge of surgical and medical procedures. They create graphic representations of medical or biological subjects for use in textbooks, pamphlets, exhibits, instructional films, civil/criminal legal procedures, and teaching models. Medical illustrators are increasingly turning toward technology to help them perform their duties. They use the most up-to-date computers and graphic design software to describe and illustrate a variety of complicated medical concepts and processes. Medical illustrators can even specialize in certain anatomical areas such as the brain or heart. A major function of the medical illustrator is assist in education and research. They are often called upon to draw illustrations or produce three-dimensional models in order to assist teachers and other medical professionals with difficult biological concepts. An individual interested in this line of work should be detail oriented and also be creative enough to communicate their ideas visually.

Work Environment:

Medical illustrators may be employed in medical schools, hospitals, research organizations, publishing companies, advertising agencies, pharmaceutical manufacturers, or large medical centers with teaching and research programs. Many medical illustrators are free-lance artists that contract out for their services.

High School Preparation:

Students interested in a career as a medical illustrator should take high school courses in art, biology, chemistry, algebra, drawing and design, English, history, graphic arts, printing, health occupations/medical professions education, photography, and computer illustration.

College Requirements:

In order to become a medical illustrator, a student must have specialized training in art and the biological sciences. A bachelor's degree combining art and premedical coursed is usually preferred, followed by a master's degree in medical illustration. There are only five accredited master's degree programs in the entire country, and they only accept a limited number of students. Therefore, an excellent academic record as well as an outstanding portfolio of your artwork is necessary.

Students interested in medical illustration should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

For educational institutions in Mississippi
offering this course of study click here.

Career Outlook:

Medical illustration is a very small and competitive field. Employment opportunities for illustrators are expected to grow about as fast as all other professions. There is a projected growth of between 10% and 25% in this job market through the year 2010. Medical illustrators will continue to be utilized in the educational field. As technology changes the way we educate our students, illustrators will be needed to produce state-of-the are computer models of biological processes in order to help teachers stay on the cutting edge. Anyone who enjoys science and is an exceptional artist should consider a career as a medical illustrator.

 

 

Salary:
Salaries vary greatly depending on education and type of employment.

Average Annual Salary
$42,300


Salary Range
$33,100-$60,000

 

Professional Organizations:

Association of Medical Illustrators
P.O. Box 1897
Lawrence, KS 66044
Phone: (785) 843-1235

Fax: (785) 843-1274
www.
ami.org

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Post Office Box 652
Ben Franklin Station
Washington, DC 20044
Phone/Fax: (301) 309-1514
www.gnsi.org
 

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