What does a Clinical Research Associate do?

Clinical Research Associate (CRAs) are responsible for coordinating and overseeing the execution of studies and clinical trials. They have a hand in everything from recruiting study participants to creating study documentation, collecting patient data, and performing quality assurance audits to ensure study protocols are being followed. CRAs usually work for pharmaceutical companies, hospital research departments, or clinical contract agencies.

A bachelor's degree in nursing or a related health science concentration is typically required for this position. This requirement may occasionally be waived if a candidate has had significant prior experience working in a clinical environment. For success as a Clinical Research Associate, candidates should possess superior organization skills, strong attention to detail, and excellent analytical thinking skills.

  • Recruit and enroll study participants
  • Input clinical research data into electronic data systems
  • Coordinate patient visits and procedures related to research
  • Act as resource for study participants by answering questions and explaining related procedures
  • Ensure the study site is compliance with all local and federal laws and regulations
  • Monitor study sites and activities to ensure the the appropriate industry protocols and terms of the study are being followed
  • Oversee the hiring and training of staff members who are working on the study
  • Create thorough documentation of study protocol and update it as needed
  • 2+ years of prior clinical research experience
  • Must possess superior analytical and creative thinking skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and the ability to keep detailed, accurate records
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Understanding of laboratory procedures and equipment
  • Advanced organizational and planning skills
  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel programs
  • Ability to stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be fluent in English and posses solid writing abilities
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Clinical Research Associate Salaries

Average Base Pay

£36,009 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£26K
Median: £36K
£50K
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Cincinnati Children's HospitalCincinnati Children's Hospital
Clinical Research Coordinator
28 Dec 2020

“Parking wasn’t the best had to take a shuttle and took awhile to get to work”

Massachusetts General HospitalMassachusetts General Hospital
Clinical Research Coordinator
2 May 2021

“Really enjoyed being surrounded by so many brilliant people and got to learn new things every day.”

MD Anderson Cancer CenterMD Anderson Cancer Center
Clinical Research Nurse
29 Apr 2020

“I have worked at MD Anderson for 11 years and I am proud to work for such an amazing institution.”

MedpaceMedpace
Clinical Research Associate
6 Dec 2021

“Its faced paced but my manager is amazing and they let you grow in your career.”

Children's HealthChildren's Health
Clinical Research Coordinator II
10 Aug 2020

“I have a great team and I am very supported in both my ongoing research projects and personally.”

Emory UniversityEmory University
Clinical Research Coordinator
5 Oct 2019

“Their openness and willingness to adapt and innovate made my job and opportunities for career advancement so enjoyable.”

RocheRoche
Country Study Specialist
26 Sep 2021

“Roche is a great innovative company where you can make a difference for our patients.”

China BankChina Bank
CRA
13 Sep 2019

“All they expect is the best hires but they don't know how to treat their new hires properly.”

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