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57. Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Research Associate
Top 100 rank: 57
Sector: Health Care

What they do: Investigates cause, progress, life cycle, or mode of transmission of diseases or parasites. Evaluates effects of drugs, gases, pesticides, parasites, and microorganisms at various levels.

Plans and directs studies to investigate human or animal disease, preventive methods, and treatments. Conducts research to develop methodologies, instrumentation and procedures for medical application, analyzing data and presenting findings. Prepares and analyzes organ, tissue and cell samples to identify toxicity, bacteria, or microorganisms, or to study cell structure.

Do Clinical Research Associates have great jobs, or what?
Clinical Research Associate stats
Pay
Median pay
(experienced)
$89,000
Top pay $136,000
Opportunity
10-year job growth
(2008-2018)
12%
Total jobs
(current)
35,000
Quality of life ratings
Personal satisfaction B
Job security B
Future growth B
Benefit to society B
Low stress C
Flexibility A
From the November 2010 issue
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least two to seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2008-18. Total current employment level is estimated number of people working in each specific job

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and MONEY research
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