A Promising Career Path for Life Science Students
Are you a life science student looking for an exciting and rewarding career path? Have you ever considered a career in clinical research? The exciting world of clinical research, provides a promising career path for students.
Clinical research is a rapidly growing industry with great potential for career growth and development. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at what clinical research is, why it’s an interesting industry, and the career opportunities it offers.
What is Clinical Research?
Why is Clinical Research an Interesting Industry?
Clinical research is an interesting industry for several reasons. It offers the opportunity to work on groundbreaking medical discoveries that can improve people’s lives. As a clinical researcher, you will be at the forefront of medical innovation, and your work can make a real difference in people’s lives.
Clinical research is a dynamic and diverse field that offers a wide range of career paths. Whether you are interested in science, medicine, statistics, regulatory affairs, or project management, there is a role for you in clinical research. This diversity allows for a wide range of skill sets and backgrounds to be utilized and allows for growth within the industry.
Clinical research is a global industry, with opportunities for international collaboration and travel. With the growth of the industry worldwide, there are many opportunities to work abroad or collaborate with colleagues from different countries, offering a unique and exciting experience.
Career Opportunities in Clinical Research
Clinical research offers a diverse range of career opportunities for life science students. Here are some examples of the types of roles available:
Clinical Research Associate (CRA) – A CRA is responsible for monitoring clinical trials and ensuring that they are conducted in accordance with regulatory requirements and good clinical practice (GCP) guidelines.
Clinical Project Manager (CPM) – A CPM is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of clinical trials, ensuring that they are completed on time, within budget, and to a high standard.
Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC): A CRC is responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of clinical trials, such as recruiting participants, ensuring compliance with study protocols, and collecting data.
Clinical Trial Assistant (CTA): A CTA provides administrative support to clinical research teams, such as organizing study documents and tracking study progress.
Clinical Project Assistant: Project assistants provide administrative support to clinical research teams, including scheduling meetings, preparing reports, and managing project timelines.
Clinical Data Coordinator: Clinical data coordinators are responsible for collecting and managing data from clinical trials. They work with clinical research teams to ensure that data is accurate and complete.
Clinical Operations Specialist: support the planning and execution of clinical trials. They may be responsible for activities such as site selection, study start-up, and site management
Study Start Up Specialist: responsible for ensuring that clinical trials are set up and initiated in a timely and efficient manner.
Remote Site Monitor: This role is responsible for monitoring and managing clinical trial activities at remote trial sites. They collaborate with the site staff and ensure compliance with the study protocol and regulatory requirements.
Trial Master File (TMF) Specialist: responsible for managing the Trial Master File, which is the collection of all essential documents related to a clinical trial.
How to Get Started in Clinical Research
If you’re interested in a career in clinical research, there are several steps you can take to get started.
Gain relevant education and experience – A degree in life sciences, medicine, or a related field is usually required for entry-level positions in clinical research. You may also want to gain experience through internships or volunteer work.
Network with professionals in the industry – Attending conferences and events, joining professional associations, and reaching out to professionals in the industry can help you learn more about the field and make valuable connections.
Consider certification – Certification programs such as the VIARES clinical research certificates can help you demonstrate your expertise and credibility in the field.
Join VIARES – VIARES is a leading global organization that offers a wide range of training and certification programs in clinical research.
Hear from our Graduates
VIARES already supported 5500+ talents from 100+ countries on all continents. Here is a Snapshot of Graduate Experience and how they benefited from our Clinical Research Training Courses and Job Support.
IzabelaClinical Trial Administrator, IQVIA
I wanted to progress in my career, as I already was working in the field of clinical research. For me the course was a great experience, I learned a lot. I was able to broaden my knowledge about clinical trials and now
I feel prepared for the interviews and career steps to come! The teachers were extremely good trained and it was a pleasure to learn from them.
VassilClinical Coordinator, KCR CRO
Proud to announce that I have passed the Final Exam on the VIARES Clinical Research Talent Program. I strongly recommend it to all people interested in the field of clinical trials. Of course many thanks to Dietmar Eglhofer for creating this program
and all the great tutors: Eric Klaver, Gavin Chait and Gabriele Disselhoff.
ShilpaMSL Team Manager, Abbott
The VIARES Clinical Research Talent Program provided me a great opportunity to refresh and rebuild my clinical research skills and competencies. The program was well structured and covered the key aspects related to clinical research, drug
development, ICH guidelines, and clinical research regulations. The self-learning modules, followed by live webinars led by subject matter experts, provided the participants a platform to understand the key concepts and engage in great dialogue and discussions. I thank VIARES for giving me this opportunity and highly recommend this program to professionals looking to start a career in clinical research.
IwonaClinical Trial Administrator, DOCS (ICON) with Janssen
VIARES Academy supported me at every step in my course and answered my questions instantly. Moreover the platform is very organized and I could find my way around very fast.
The course content provided by the courses at VIARES have helped me to improve my knowledge at my current job as a clinical trials assistant.