The way we do medical research – and the need to develop new drugs – are changing like never before. Working as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) is a very exciting and stimulating job. This site is created by CRAs to guide you on your way to becoming a CRA.
Clinical Research Associate 101
We are here to guide you
Finding an entry-level position as a clinical research associate can be very tricky. Clinical research is a large and complex industry. Besides having the right education, some CRA training is crucial in most cases. However, courses and training can be quite expensive and you shouldn’t overdo it. If you play your cards right you can even find an CRA entry-level job without prior experience. We’ll tell you how.
Working as a CRA is a stimulating job. You get to meet lots of people, travel as well as spending some days in the office.
Thanks for guiding me on how to finally get a job in Clinical Research. I’ve found a lot of useful information here.
At which stage are you?
Thinking about becoming a CRA?
Clinical research is an exciting branch of medicine, determining the efficacy and safety of new drugs. As a CRA you have a responsibility to make sure that data is collected and handled according to strict regulations. You are the link between medical doctors, trial personnel and pharmaceutical companies or their representatives. There’s a great need for talented people in the business.
Looking for a CRA entry-level job?
Realizing how to find an entry level as a Clinical Research Associate without lots or prior experience can be tricky. However, we have collected the information you must know to get the proper advantage. Getting the foot-in-the-door is tricky in many professions, but luckily you can prepare and there are some shortcuts. Be sure to play your cards right.
Ready for the next level?
After some years you have the opportunity to move on to a position as senior CRA (CRA II or sCRA). Alternatively, maybe you want to start as a freelancing or home-based CRA? With about 5 years experience you can also aim for a position as Project Manager. Learn more about the career options for CRA’s. We have also collected many tips on how to develop throughout your career.
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