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Clinical Research Associate

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for running clinical trials, usually for an organization undertaking pharmacological drug testing. Will ensure that trails adhere to good clinical practice guidelines for monitoring clinical trials.

Job Outlook

There were 7 Clinical Research Associate job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 85 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Clinical Research Coordinator / Manager industry, which includes the Clinical Research Associate career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Clinical Research Associate jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $102,413.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $87,346.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Clinical Research Associate postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $78,889.

Education and Experience

Posted Clinical Research Associate jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree47%
Master's Degree43%
Doctoral Degree10%
Other0%

Posted Clinical Research Associate jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years10%
3 to 5 years28%
6 to 8 years52%
9+ years10%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Clinical Research Associate positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (64%)
  • Research (61%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (38%)
  • Planning (29%)
  • Problem Solving (29%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Clinical Trials (51%)
  • Clinical Development (38%)
  • Budgeting (31%)
  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) (28%)
  • Process Improvement (28%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (20%)
  • Biotechnology (15%)
  • Due Diligence (15%)
  • Data Entry (14%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Biostatistics (6%)
  • Pharmacovigilance (6%)
  • Site Monitoring (6%)
  • Clinical Monitoring (5%)
  • Clinical Trial Design (5%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Pharmacovigilance (6%) – marginal value $4,216
  • Commercial Development (1%) – marginal value $4,055
  • Protocol Design (5%) – marginal value $3,616
  • Protocol Review (4%) – marginal value $3,512
  • Site Monitoring (6%) – marginal value $2,877

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Clinical Research Associate skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Cra Senior Officer - Reporting Analyst
  • Senior Director, Early Clinical Development - Hematology/Oncology And Cell Therapy
  • Senior Manager Clinical Study Lead Phase IV
  • Senior Director, Early Clinical Development Hematology/Oncology And Cell Therapy Hoct
  • Cra Senior Officer Advanced Excel And Data Mining

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Clinical Research Associate jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (14)
  • Bank of America (9)
  • Pfizer (6)
  • Regeneron (6)
  • Biogen (4)

North Carolina

  • Bank of America (2)
  • Csl (2)
  • Ally Financial (1)
  • Pharmaceutical Research Associates (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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