A clinical trial associate is a healthcare individual who coordinates and manages clinical trials for hospitals, universities, or pharmaceutical companies. They work according to strict clinical guidelines and protocols, manage budgets and deadlines, and ensure that all trials follow FDA and other government-regulated rules. A clinical trials associate works with other healthcare professionals and researchers and is responsible for keeping clear records, ensuring that research teams have adequate staff and materials and that all documentation is complete and accurate.
Most clinical trial associates have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree in chemistry, biology, nursing, or a related healthcare field. These individuals should possess a strong knowledge of clinical trial methodology, clinical research protocols, and US and government agency guidelines and regulations.
A clinical trials associate should have strong communication, analytical, problem-solving, and research skills and be comfortable working in a lab environment with other researchers. A clinical trial associate can make up to $75,000 annually in the US, and the career field is expected to grow 6% by 2028.