Becoming a Clinical Research Analyst

Clinical Research Analysts play a key role in medical studies as well as clinical trials. They use their expertise, analytical skills and knowledge of scientific research to boost the clinical research process. A Clinical Research Analyst works on medical studies, specially designed to measure the effectiveness of a drug and its side effects if any. They perform their duties in hospitals, medical facilities or laboratories.

The role of Clinical Research Analysts vary, depending on the requirements of employers. They generally work with Physicians or Scientists who oversee clinical research process. They may have to directly interact with patients during the screening/data collection process. Their job responsibilities include identifying patients, overseeing protocols, tracking inventory, interacting with patients etc. They also mediate between the Physicians and other medical staff whenever needed.

Educational Requirements: The aspiring Clinical Research Analysts must have a degree in Health Science or clinical field. An Associate’s Degree is must for the entry-level jobs in this profession with a minimum five-year experience at a clinical research setting. A Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree with additional work experience.

Training: The best way to get training related to Clinical Research is to go for university research work. The training must have exposure to federal regulations set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). There are many colleges, professional organizations such as the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) provide training in this field.

Salary & Job Outlook: According to, the Clinical Research Analysts earn between $45,346 and $88,329 per annum as of March 2015. The job outlook for this profession remains excellent. According to the BLS, it may grow by 22% between 2012 and 2022.

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