A clinical research associate (CRA) is responsible for research in collaboration with others. He or she makes detailed observations, analyzes data, and interprets results. Research associates prepare technical reports, summaries, protocols, and quantitative analysis.
He or she may also be responsible for identifying patentable inventions and acting as the principal investigator in conducting
his or her own experiments. A CRA may also be asked to participate in scientific conferences and contribute to scientific journals.
Scientists can work independently or as part of a team at universities, hospitals, or in research and testing laboratories.
Employment of clinical research associates is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Continued growth in biotechnology and medical research is expected to increase demand for these workers.
The number of science-related jobs in sales, marketing, and research management, for which the number of non-PhDs usually qualify, is expected to be more plentiful than independent research positions.
At the entry level, the job requires a Bachelor of Science or advanced degree in a scientific discipline or equivalent with a minimum of up to 2 years of related experience.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
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