how to get into clinical research

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how to get into clinical research

Postby david » Sun Oct 10, 2004 5:01 pm

I was wondering how someone with an academic research background gets into clinical research. I have a BS biology, MS genetics, and a few yrs of academic lab management under my belt, but most clinical research associate positions I see require a few years experience. If anyone has any suggestions on how to get those few years experience, I would love to hear about it. I am aware of certificate programs, but it seems like my quantitative background would lend itself to CRA positions.

how to get into clinical research

Postby Dave Jensen » Tue Oct 12, 2004 9:09 pm


This is a very common concern. Several categories of "hot jobs" have this same issue . . . They are great opportunities, but they always insist on experience. And how do you get it when you are just starting out?

In the case of clinical, I would strongly recommend that you hook up with a temp services staffing firm that specializes in the clinical field. Get with Kelly Scientific's clinical division, or ClinForce, etc. These firms take qualified people like yourself and put them into temporary positions where they can benefit the employer but where they will also get some very marketable experience. Even six months is good enough on a resume to break the ice and get a full time position.

Also, one advantage of some of these firms (and there are a lot more than the two I mentioned) is that they have "temp to perm" arrangements with their CRO customers and you can go directly to a full-time position if the company likes you.

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