These jobs are found in various sectors of the industry. In each industry regulatory compliance jobs have a particular set of duties and responsibilities and include a review of an organization's guidelines, procedures, and internal controls. This review ensures that their guidelines, procedures and internal controls are in accordance with government regulations, industry practices and human resources policies. Industries such as health care and pharmaceuticals have the largest number of regulatory jobs. This is because these industries tend to be highly regulated by the government due to the large impact they have on people. Surfing the internet for various regulatory jobs will give listings of job openings almost wholly belonging to the pharmaceutical and health care industries.
Regulatory jobs generally require a bachelor's degree in a business field such as auditing, accounting or tax. Among the primary responsibilities of people involved in various regulatory jobs are: instructing employees of the organization on the current changes in laws and its application when performing their tasks; ensuring that the organization's internal procedures are adequate and functional and ensuring that the business dealings of the organization are in compliance with existing government laws. Professionals who have liberal arts backgrounds can also find employment in regulatory work but practical training must be achieved before performing regulatory tasks. Those with previous public accounting experience, holding certified internal auditor (CIA), certified public accountant (CPA), or certified fraud examiner (CFE), designations can also fill-up regulatory jobs by complying with continuing professional education (CPE) requirements. Career growth for this kind of employment is bright, especially for those already holding a master's or doctorate degree in law, finance, or taxation. Promotions may be slow, as it usually takes two to five years in order to move into a senior position. The salary levels for regulatory jobs depend on economic trends, length of service and seniority, academic training and staffing needs. Based on an online job search site, the average annual salary for a U.S.-based regulatory associate as of June 2010 was as high as $69,000, not including cash and stock bonuses.
In order to get the training needed to be qualified on regulatory jobs available in your area you may turn to several regulatory affairs associations that cater to your needs as well as online regulatory affairs training. The first thing you should do is determine the specific field of industry you wish to apply for in a regulatory job, whether it is a clerical or a managerial position. Once you have decided, you should begin surfing the internet for training that is suitable to the field or industry you wish to work. Among the professional organizations that offer online training on regulatory jobs are: Biopharma Institute, which offers courses in many categories such as good clinical and laboratory practices and medical devices; The Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), which offers Webcast and other online training courses regarding regulation on medical devices and pharmaceuticals, quality management, and EU and American regulation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices; and Thompson Scientific, which features topics such as Introduction to ICH, Orphan Drugs in US, Europe and Japan, and How to prepare for an FDA Advisory Committee Meeting and other online training courses on regulatory affairs. The presence of various professional regulatory associations in the country and abroad can also be a means of gaining the needed training for doing regulatory jobs. Some of these associations are: San Diego Regulatory Affairs Network (SDRAN) which is geared towards providing support and education to regulatory affairs professional in enhancing their professional development through exams and networking opportunities; The Organization for Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA), a UK-based global organization whose members consist of regulatory affairs professional in health care sector; and Canadian Association of Professional Regulatory Affairs (CAPRA), which has an interest in the pharmaceutical industry.
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