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Becoming a Clinical Research Coordinator: Job Description, Salary Trends, & Certifications Insights

Greetings, Health Scholars!

Welcome to Day 1 of the 2nd Annual For Health Scholars Careermas Series!

I am super excited to host Careermas on the For Health Scholars' YouTube channel this year, as the first season was a fantastic success. To date, many of the videos from the 2022 Careermas series are some of the highest-watched videos on the channel.

If you are new to our community and unsure what Careermas is. Have no fears. I have you covered!

Careermas is a festive and enlightening celebration of career exploration, knowledge, and professional growth. Throughout this special series, we dive into various career paths, providing valuable insights, job descriptions, salary breakdowns, and certification requirements. Hosted by me, Dr. Orobosa Owie, every day until December 25th, I will be uploading a video that uniquely focuses on different professions, offering a wealth of information to seasoned professionals and those just starting their career journey.

So, now that you are fully briefed on what Careermas is all about let's jump into the purpose of today's post!

In this blog post, I'll be recapping some valuable insights I shared in today's video, in which I comprehensively discussed the job description, salary breakdown, and certification requirements of a Clinical Research Coordinator.

Exploring a Clinical Research Coordinator Job Description:

As a scholar who has been a part of extensive healthcare research initiatives, I understand the importance of grasping the day-to-day responsibilities of a Clinical Research Coordinator. Healthcare professionals who are "Clinical Research Coordinators" are responsible for the planning, implementation, and management of clinical trials to ensure compliance with regulatory standards.

Shedding Light on Salary Breakdown:

Are you curious about the financial landscape of a Clinical Research Coordinator's career? I've got you covered. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newcomer to the field, understanding your earning potential is key to planning your career trajectory. In the U.S., the average salary of a Clinical Research Coordinator ranges from $50,000 to $60,000 annually. But don't let the average salary numbers fool you. The role has 6-figure earning potential.

Navigating Certification Requirements:

Certifications serve as the foundation for a successful career. In the field of Clinical Research, there are over 30+ certifications that one can acquire to help them effectively stay abreast of industry trends, standards, and regulations. Below is a list of some certifications that may be instrumental to a Clinical Research Coordinator professional.

Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP):

  • Offered by: Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA)

  • Website: SoCRA CCRP

Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC):

  • Offered by: Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

  • Website: ACRP CCRC

Certification in Clinical Research (CCR):

  • Offered by: Academy of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

  • Website: ACRP CCR

Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA):

  • Offered by: Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

  • Website: ACRP CCRA

Clinical Research Professional Certification (CRPC):

  • Offered by: Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA)

  • Website: SoCRA CRPC

Certified Clinical Research Administrator (CCRA):

  • Offered by: The Research Administrators Certification Council (RACC)

  • Website: RACC CCRA

Certification in Clinical Data Management (CCDM):

  • Offered by: Society for Clinical Data Management (SCDM)

  • Website: SCDM CCDM

Do note that it is essential for individuals to research each certification, understand the eligibility requirements, and choose the one that aligns with their career goals and the specific needs of their role as a Clinical Research Coordinator. Certifications can enhance professional credibility and contribute to career advancement; however, they are expensive, so make sure to choose and pay wisely!

Careermas Day 1 - A Personal Reflection:

As we celebrate Careermas Day 1 together, I invite you to reflect on your career goals and aspirations. Consider this blog post not just as a source of information but as a tool to ignite your passion for Clinical Research Coordination.

Let's take this journey together and set the stage for a fulfilling and impactful career!

Want to Participate in the Careermas Festivities?

Headover to the For Health Scholars YouTube channel every day (except for Saturdays and Sundays) at 8pm (est)| 7pm (cst) to gain more insights, personal anecdotes, and career tips throughout the holiday season.

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