CNN: Science degrees prepare you for some of the best jobs in America

Coming in at number four on CNN Money’s Best Jobs in America story is the Clinical Research Associate. The special report from CNN lists 100 of the best jobs and the ways to get them. Below is the information from the article, mentioning sociology and psychology degrees as a specific way to start a career toward clinical research. 

4. Clinical Research Associate

Median pay: $90,700
Top pay: $129,000
10-year job growth: 36.4%
Total jobs*: 100,000

What they do all day? Where there’s a clinical trial, clinical research associates are making sure it’s going the way it should. That means monitoring procedures and results and making sure that researchers are following proper protocols at every step.How to get the job? A bachelor’s in science, sociology or psychology is a good foundation, as is experience in a clinical trial environment or in health sciences. Some employers look for a CRA certification, such as the one offered by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).

What makes it great? Since there are so many different types of clinical trials, the work environment can be dynamic with tasks varying from day to day. CRAs can specialize in a particular subject area, or go for a broad base of knowledge and hop from topic to topic. And growth potential is strong: As personalized medicine becomes more common, clinical trials will increasingly be needed to make sure drugs and devices work properly.

What’s the catch? Most CRA jobs require at least some travel regionally, if not nationally or internationally, which can mean long hours and lots of time away from family.

You can read the entire article with all 100 jobs here.

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