What does a Clinical Research Assistant do?

Clinical research assistants work in hospitals, laboratories, and other institutions that conduct scientific studies. They identify subjects or clinical trials, collect data, evaluate results, monitor clinical trials, and take notes on activities. They audit research trials and ensure all clinical trial protocols are in compliance. They transfer data from paper formats to a computer, recorder, or scanner in organized spreadsheets with large numbers, curating data directly from clinical research.

Clinical research assistants draft informed consent forms for trials and prepare correspondence, documentation, or presentation materials on research findings. They prepare interview questions, summarize results, perform literature reviews, respond to emails related to the research, attend project meetings, and prepare progress reports. Clinical research assistants also monitor a project budget and check its progress and need a bachelor's degree in science, psychology, or related fields and certification by the state as licensed through the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$41,677 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $42K
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Clinical Research Assistant Career Path

Learn how to become a Clinical Research Assistant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Kennedy Krieger InstituteKennedy Krieger Institute
Clinical Assistant
Mar 27, 2020

“Hourly pay is not worth it if you are not 100% into the job otherwise.”

Clinical Assistant
Apr 21, 2021

“High productivity and pay is not good”

Harris Health SystemHarris Health System
Patient Navigator
Oct 21, 2021

“It was a volunteer I really can not see if there was a cons on the work place”

Clinical Trials Assistant
May 19, 2020

“I met great teams and connections while I worked here”

Elite Sports Medicine + OrthopedicsElite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics
Clinical Assistant
Jul 27, 2021

“great people to work with and a fun place to work”

Memorial Sloan KetteringMemorial Sloan Kettering
Clinical Assistant
Aug 24, 2021

“One of the best when it comes to pay and benefits”

Clinical Research Assistant
May 31, 2021

“good work and life balance”

ATI Physical TherapyATI Physical Therapy
Clinical Assistant
Aug 28, 2021

“workers are amazing and a pleasure to work with.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a clinical research assistant

When working as a clinical research assistant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Excellent Organizational, Arabic Speaking, VERBAL Communication, Interpersonal and Communication, and Leadership.

The most similar professions to clinical research assistant are:
  • Research Assistant
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Professor

The most common qualifications to become a clinical research assistant include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.