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Ready for a Change?


If you are looking for a new challenge, then consider a career as a medical science liaison (MSL).  MSLs are the link between the pharmaceutical industry and the medical community.  They engage doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, educating them on disease states and treatment options.  MSLs play a vital role in the development and commercialization of new therapies, providing valuable insights to drug developers, and ensuring that new drugs are used safely and appropriately.  By providing reliable, accurate, up-to-date, unbiased information, MSL also have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of patients.


If you have a strong scientific background, enjoy discussing science and medicine and are passionate about engaging and educating people, then a career as an MSL may be a great fit for you.  MSLs responsibilities include:

  • Building relationships with key opinion leaders

  • Educating healthcare professionals about new drugs

  • Providing scientific support to drug development

  • Gathering market intelligence

  • Developing and delivering educational materials

  • Attending medical conferences

  • Supporting company clinical research activities

  • Keeping abreast of the scientific/medical literature


The requirements for an MSL job vary depending on the company and specific role.  However, most MSLs have the following qualifications and competencies:

  • PhD, MD, or PharmD

  • Experience in research or clinical practice

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Ability to travel and prioritize tasks


The salary for an MSL job varies depending on the company, experience of the MSL, and location of the job.  However, MSLs typically earn very good salaries that may also include a bonus and stocks.  Six-figure starting salaries are common for this position.


Getting your foot in the door may be challenging, but here are tips for increasing your chances of getting a MSL job:

  • Network with people in the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Attend medical conferences and get to know companies and industry people.

  • Get involved in professional activities that increase clinical knowledge and business acumen.

  • Enhance your presentation skills and get involved in educational activities.

  • Keep your resume updated with experiences that are relevant to MSL job responsibilities.


If you are interested in learning more about a career as an MSL, then give us a call.  Also, check out our page on the MSL Pathway Program.  We are happy to answer any questions that you have and help you get started on the journey to becoming an MSL. 

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