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Clinical Research Associate

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Clinical Research Associate is responsible for running clinical trials, usually for an organization undertaking pharmacological drug testing. Will ensure that trials adhere to good clinical practice guidelines for monitoring clinical trials.

Job Outlook

There were 324 Clinical Research Associate job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8448 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 2015:

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 $113,501.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $120,116.

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 $85,531.

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 Degree67.29%
Master's Degree12.5%
Doctoral Degree5.95%
Other14.32%

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 years52.75%
3 to 5 years38.06%
6 to 8 years6.97%
9+ years2.22%

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.

  • Research (58.57%)
  • Communication (45.87%)
  • Management (45.1%)
  • Detail Oriented (26.24%)
  • Writing (24.02%)
  • Microsoft Office (23.73%)
  • Microsoft Excel (22.02%)
  • Operations (21.86%)
  • Coordinating (18.89%)
  • Organizational Skills (18.86%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Clinical Research (93.15%)
  • Auditing (22.15%)
  • Clinical Trials (67.41%)
  • Data Collection (23.31%)
  • Case Report Forms (22.62%)
  • Electronic Data Capture (EDC) (23.04%)
  • Clinical Monitoring (15.47%)
  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) (43.83%)
  • ICH Guidelines (12.05%)
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) (24.84%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Regulatory Documents (22.18%)
  • Informed Consent (26.5%)
  • Biotechnology (7.52%)
  • Vital Signs (7.75%)
  • Medical Devices (11.91%)
  • Corrective And Preventive Action (CAPA) (4.76%)
  • Reconciliation (8.08%)
  • Regulatory Compliance (8.53%)
  • Clinical Research Coordination (7.5%)
  • Biology (12.79%)
  • Data Quality (6.21%)
  • Medical Records (14.47%)
  • Data Entry (15.56%)
  • Data Management (15.69%)
  • Clinical Trial Management Systems (19.72%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (11.52%)
  • Human Subject Research (7.99%)
  • Life Sciences (9.74%)
  • Remote Monitoring (5.26%)
  • Medical Terminology (18.39%)
  • Oncology (18.06%)
  • Nursing (11.99%)
  • Phlebotomy (9.6%)
  • Project Management (13.15%)
  • Research Experiences (6.5%)
  • Drug Development (3.65%)
  • Process Improvement (9.6%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (13.79%)
  • Effective Communication (4.08%)
  • Regulatory Requirements (10.65%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Clinical Investigations (3.71%)
  • Trial Master File (9.34%)

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.

  • Clinical Research (100%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Clinical Trial Associate
  • Oncology Clinical Research Associate
  • Oncology Registered Nurse
  • Clinical Research Study Assistant
  • Regional Clinical Research Associate
  • CRA Manager
  • Clinical Research Fellow
  • Clinical Trials Management Associate

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

  • Icon (784)
  • IQVIA (366)
  • Johnson & Johnson (301)
  • Actalent (276)
  • Boston Children's Hospital (171)
  • Grifols (165)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (146)
  • University of Pennsylvania (133)
  • Labcorp (119)
  • Beth Israel Lahey Health (108)

North Carolina

  • IQVIA (46)
  • East Carolina University (23)
  • University of North Carolina (18)
  • Actalent (15)
  • Labcorp (14)
  • Grifols (11)
  • Novasyte (11)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (9)
  • North Carolina State University (9)
  • Duke University (7)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!