Clinical Research Associate
The minds behind the clinical trials.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, optional additional certification
Average salary: $60,331
A clinical research associate helps keep the wheels turning for clinical trials. These individuals will supervise each stage of a trial, selecting a site, give instructions for properly running trials, and closing out the site and paperwork once the trial has concluded.
Typically employed by pharmaceutical agencies or hospitals, clinical research associates act as a liaison during all steps of the trial, communicating between the client, the site, the subjects, and those running the tests.
Main responsibilities of a clinical research associate include:
- Write trial methodologies and perform risk assessments
- Ensure compliance with standard protocol in all aspects of clinical research
- Write and submit reports of findings
Most clinical research associates will need a bachelor’s degree in life sciences or the medical field. Many also pursue a master’s or Ph.D. in order to improve career advancement opportunities, as well as clinical research certifications.
- Complete understanding of good clinical practices
- Ability to facilitate communication between multiple parties
- Proficient in organization
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