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Career Definition of a Regulatory Affairs Associate
Regulatory affairs associates are responsible for knowing all the regulations that apply to the industry they work in and ensuring that they're followed. The primary function of their work is to review the processes used in their industry and establish guidelines and standards for specific tasks. They must know all the applicable laws and regulations and make sure that staff members are aware of the legal standards that apply to their work.
As part of their duties, they will investigate the processes in place, review data and documents and talk to staff members. They also check products and may observe staff as they perform duties to ensure that regulations are followed. When they identify issues, they may assess potential solutions and make recommendations about how to change the processes in place to solve problems. Regulatory affairs associates may also be responsible for completing reports and applying for any licenses required for operation. When regulatory agencies perform on-site inspections, they will coordinate with regulatory affairs associates and may need to provide documents or data as part of that process.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree|
|Job Skills||Attention to detail, analytical, computer literacy, communication, problem-solving, listening|
|Median Salary (2017)*||$59,477|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||8% (compliance officers)|
Sources: *PayScale.com; **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
To become a regulatory affairs associate a bachelor's degree is usually required. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that 78% of these professionals have a bachelor's degree, while an additional 6% have a master's degree. Degree programs in regulatory affairs and compliance, health sciences and biomedical regulatory affairs are some of the educational options for those who are considering a career as a regulatory affairs specialist.
Regulatory affairs associates need to have the ability to pay close attention to details in order to thoroughly review processes and data and identify issues. They use computers to perform tasks like preparing reports and analyzing data, so they need to have good computer skills. Communication skills are important since they regularly interact with other staff members and need to provide clear information to these people. They also need to have strong writing skills to produce technical documents.
Career Outlook and Salary
According to PayScale.com the median salary for regulatory affairs associates was $59,477 in 2017. The BLS groups regulatory affairs associates with compliance officers. From 2016 to 2026, the BLS expects to see an 8% job growth rate for compliance officers.
Those considering a career as a regulatory affairs specialist may be interested in performing inspections on behalf of regulatory agencies or concentrating on creating safe work environments. Follow the links here to learn more about public health inspectors, occupational health and safety specialists and quality assurance technicians.