Beginner CRA


Future Posts Ideas Needed

Hi Beginner CRAs,

I’m running out of ideas on what to post. Please leave a comment below to suggest topics you want me to address. It can be whatever you want to know about being a CRA or working in the Clinical Research field. Please ask me and I just might write an article about it.


8 comments on “Future Posts Ideas Needed

  1. Chetan
    February 7, 2015

    Hi Sara,
    I might be little late to visit your invaluable interactive blog. But read all your posts and really delighted to see the actual insights. Thanks for sharing them.
    About ideas:
    I am also looking for the CRA role since my bachelors in Pharmacy in India. After bachelors I worked as Clinical Trial Assistant for a year. Then I ran through indian career counselling and now feel tricked, but I already did my Clinical Research post graduate diploma and now finished with my MBA in international business with major in Project Management.
    I would like to ask about recruitment for international students or candidates in CRA. As I am in Ireland and have permission to work in Ireland for a year.
    I am applying for the role but no success yet. It would be really helpful if you could help me about possibility of getting in clinical research as always wanted to be in clinical research at international level.

    Will look forward for your reply.
    Thanks. Keep posting this blog is really helpful.

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  3. Futurecra
    August 20, 2015

    Hi Sara,

    Thanks for sharing these posts, very detailed and helpful. Kindly address CRA income and career growth in your next post please.

  4. KC
    September 24, 2015

    Maybe post about the typical day in the life of a CRA? I would also like to know the difference between a CRA, CTA, CRC (duties, responsibilities, salary, requirements for hire, etc). Which system is typically used for data management? Thanks so much!

  5. Charissa
    November 5, 2015

    Any tips on how to become a CRA. Currently work as certified ophthalmic assistant for a multi practice of ophthalmology in ny. I have an associate degree in science only. Any information would be great thanks

  6. Irina Stoynova
    June 27, 2016

    Hi, Sara,
    During the little research that I have been making these days, your blog came across to me accidently. So, I am very keen to follow the CRA career path. That is why I have been trying to find out what exactly to do in pursuing that goal. I am living in the USA right now, in Las Vegas, but I came here a year ago from a foreign country. Already know about the two major CRA certifying organizations, that operate in the USA. But it seems that Catch 22 is taking place, because if you want to be certified of one if these organizations, you have to have experience in the field of clinical trials. But, to gain that experience, most of the companies want you to be already certified, in order to hire you. So, I started to wonder how can I beat this.
    My next concern is about my educational background. I have a Master’s degree in Psychology, which assumes somehow kind of research background. There are some classes in Pharmacology, mainly drugs that can cure psychiatric problems, that were included in the studying process. But Psychology isn’t a part of so called Life sciences – which are the most preferable backgrounds, when it comes to become a CRA. I mean, here, in the USA.
    So, I would be very grateful if you advise me how to proceed in such a complicated situation.
    Thank you in advance!

  7. Shafik Virani
    December 19, 2016


    I am a recruiter, I see a lot of Sr CRA Reqs and Clinical Site Managers. I see most of the duties and job responsibilities overlap. Can you please explain both job responsibilities and let us know some of the specific job responsibilities that differentiate them

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