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Clinical Research
Associate

What does a CRA do?

A Clinical Research Associate (CRA) monitors clinical trials that test drugs for their effectiveness and confirms that they’re safe to put on the market for consumers

About the Job

Typical responsibilities of a CRA include:
-Performing site selection, initiation, monitoring and close-out visits
-Maintaining appropriate documentation
-Supporting the development of a subject recruitment plan
-Establishing regular lines of communication
-Administering protocol and related study training to assigned sites
-Evaluating the quality and integrity of site practices, and escalating quality issues as appropriate
-Managing progress by tracking regulatory submissions, recruitment, case report form (CRF) completion, and data query resolution

Where Does a
CRA Work?

CRAs typically work within Clinical Research Organizations (CRO), pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies. Typically, a CRA is required to travel to principal investigator sites, and the job involves a fair amount of travel. Openings are available in the US, EMEA, and Latin America.

What Is the Job
Demand for CRAs?

The demand for CRAs is projected to increase 8% from 2022 to 2028. This is faster than the 5% average for all occupations. The existing need, the explosion in medical advances, and a growing global population will increase the demand for CRAs to help with the creation of new drugs and vaccines.

Candidate Qualifications

To qualify for a role as a CRA, you should have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in life science, health science, or social science or equivalent, or a two-year Registered Nurse with two years of work experience
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Outstanding ability to influence and build relationships

About Virb

Virb is your bridge to a career in clinical research. We take recent college graduates who qualify, and those in adjacent fields (e.g., nursing, lab work, data science) looking to upgrade their employment, train them while being paid, and make them job-ready for guaranteed positions with clinical research organizations. Once you have 12-18 months of experience as an associate, you can choose to continue being your own boss as a contractor, or you can choose to go in-house. Let us help you get the training and real work experience you need to launch a career that pays well, gives you the flexibility you want, and improves lives.

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FAQs About CRAs

What does a Clinical
Research Associate do?

What does a CRA do?

Some of the primary responsibilities for clinical research associates include:

  • Setting up trial sites for conducting research studies
  • Designing materials for the trial and making sure all of the trial centers have plenty of materials available
  • Training the staff at the trial site on industry standards
  • Designing the data collection forms
  • Monitoring the trial throughout its duration
  • Collecting completed case report forms from hospitals and general practices
  • Closing down trial sites when the trial is complete
  • Discussing the results of the trial is a medical statistician
  • Preparing final reports and potentially manuscripts for publication

What’s the average salary for a CRA?

Compensation can vary based on experience and geography but on average salaries can start at USD$50,000 and above.

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Do I need a degree to be a CRA?

Most clinical research associate positions require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in life sciences or a health-related field.

In what cities are the jobs located?

All over the globe!  Clinical Research is conducted worldwide and professionals are needed where the research is being conducted. Where you train, does not necessarily need to be where you get hired.

How long is the training to be a CRA?

Training requirements may vary by the client; however, ViRB can prepare you within six to eight weeks.

Earn While You Learn

Virb offers paid training opportunities to qualfied applicants. Apply below today.