With competitive salaries, opportunities for continued professional development, scope for travel, and the chance to make a real-world difference to people’s lives, working as a clinical research associate is one of the most rewarding careers in STEM.
As a clinical research associate (CRA), you’ll be expected to oversee clinical trials and test drugs for their effectiveness, risks, and benefits. This usually spans all stages of a clinical trial, including setting up an investigational site; collecting, distributing and storing data; monitoring participants; and bringing the trial to a close. Ultimately, you’ll help ascertain whether or not a drug is safe for public use.
Typically, clinical research associates are employed by pharmaceutical organisations, academic institutions, or contract research organisations (CROs). While the work environment depends on the employer, most clinical research associate roles are either in-house and laboratory based or field-based.
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