Regulatory Affairs Managers
Education and Training Requirements
A well-rounded education is a good foundation for a career in regulatory affairs. Take classes in math, science, government, social studies, business, and English. Regulatory affairs managers must have strong communication skills so be sure to take English, writing, and public speech classes. Also take computer science classes as knowledge of various computer software programs is essential.
Most regulatory affairs managers have a bachelor's degree. The degrees vary in this profession and may be in areas such as business, economics, engineering, clinical science, public health, or even liberal arts. Employers prefer to hire managers who have advanced knowledge of regulatory affairs, which can be attained through a master's degree program. In addition, many regulatory affairs managers have previous work experience and training in areas such as business, engineering, marketing, pharmacy, or science.
Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements
Certification or Licensing
Regulatory affairs managers may receive voluntary certification in the area in which they work. Certification demonstrates they have a achieved a high level of knowledge and skills in their profession and can enhance their careers. Many professional associations offer certification programs. For example, the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society offers the Regulatory Affairs Certification designation to candidates who have three to five years of regulatory experience and pass the certification exam. Find information at https://www.raps.org/rac-credential/home.
Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits
Regulatory affairs managers usually have five or more years of experience in regulatory affairs. Many come to the job with prior experience in related industries. The job requires strong knowledge of government and industry rules and regulations, laws, legal codes, and regulatory agency rules and procedures. Regulatory affairs managers have a combination of good communication skills and the ability to work with people from various departments and industries. They are able to collaborate on projects as well as work independently. The job requires strong technology skills and knowledge of different types of computer software programs for compliance reporting and resource planning and management. Those who do best in this field have a strong moral compass, are dependable and detail oriented, have initiative, and are willing to lead and provide guidance.