In a typical work setting, regulatory affairs managers:
- Have a high level of social interaction. They interact with
managers, scientists, and specialists throughout the day.
- Regularly work as part of a team.
- Communicate by telephone, e-mail, letters, memos, and in person
on a daily basis.
- Are occasionally placed in conflict situations.
Physical Work Conditions
- Must be very exact and extremely accurate in
their work. Errors could significantly delay a product approval or even cause
a product to lose its regulatory status.
- Usually set their daily tasks and goals or make
decisions without consulting a superior first. Their work is dependent on
what scientists do and by upcoming deadlines, so working together is very
- Weekly make decisions that strongly impact their
coworkers and their company.
- Must meet strict weekly deadlines that may make
the work environment somewhat stressful.
- Repeat the same mental and physical tasks.
Hours / Travel
- Usually work a standard work week, but overtime is common when deadlines are near.
Regulatory affairs managers frequently:
- Sit for long periods of time.
It is important for regulatory affairs managers to
be able to:
- Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
- Understand the speech of another person.
- See details of objects that are less than a
few feet away.
It is not as important, but still necessary, for regulatory affairs managers to be able to:
- See details of objects that are more than a
few feet away.
- Hear sounds and recognize the difference between
- See differences between colors, shades, and
Regulatory affairs managers need
knowledge in the following areas:
- Law, Government, and Jurisprudence: Knowledge
of laws, rules, court procedures, and the political process.
- English Language: Knowledge of the meaning,
spelling, and use of the English language.
- Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of injuries,
illnesses, and defects. Also includes the knowledge of setting up a plan for
- Administration and Management: Knowledge of
managing the operations of a business, company, or group.
- Biology: Knowledge of plants, animals, and living
organisms and how they function.
- Clerical: Knowledge of general office work such
as filing and recording information.
- Education and Training: Knowledge of teaching
and the methods involved in learning and instruction.
- Chemistry: Knowledge of the properties of substances
and the changes that occur when they interact.
- Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of
providing special services to customers based on their needs.
- Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of computer
hardware and software.
Regulatory affairs managers are people who tend
- Consider achievement important. They like to
see the results of their work and to use their strongest abilities. They like
to get a feeling of accomplishment from their work.
- Consider independence important. They like to
make decisions and try out ideas on their own. They prefer jobs where they
can plan their work with little supervision.
- Consider good working conditions important.
They like jobs offering steady employment and good pay. They want employment
that fits their individual work style. They may prefer doing a variety of
tasks, working alone, or being busy all the time.
- Consider support from their employer important.
They like to be treated fairly and have supervisors who will back them up.
They prefer jobs where they are trained well.
- Consider recognition important. They like to
work in jobs which have opportunities for them to advance, be recognized for
their work, and direct and instruct others. They usually prefer jobs in which
they are looked up to by others.
- Have enterprising interests. They like work
activities that involve starting up and carrying out projects, especially
in business. They like to lead and persuade others, make decisions, and take
risks for profit.
- Have conventional interests. They like work
activities that follow set procedures, routines, and standards. They like
to work with data and detail. They prefer working where there is a clear line
of authority to follow.
Occupational Interest Codes:
Wage information is not available specifically for regulatory affairs managers. However, they are part of the larger group of "managers, all other."
Wages vary widely by employer and area of the country. Wages may also vary depending on the difficulty of projects and level of responsibility.
Benefits also vary by employer. Most regulatory affairs managers receive typical benefits. These include vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. Self-employed regulatory affairs managers must provide their own insurance.
Managers, all other
The number of regulatory affairs managers employed in Hawaii and nationally is not available.
About 56 percent of all managers are self-employed.
- Drug manufacturers
- Federal, state, and local government agencies
- Research and testing companies
In Hawaii, outlook information is not available specifically for regulatory affairs managers. However, they are included in a larger group of "managers, all other." Slower than average employment growth is expected for workers in this group through the year 2020.
Nationally, employment of workers in this group is expected to grow slower than average through the year 2020.
The table below provides information about the number of managers, all other in various regions. It also provides information about the expected growth rate and future job openings. Information is not available specifically about regulatory affairs managers.
Managers, all other
You should take a general high school curriculum that meets our state's graduation requirements. Click here for public school graduation requirements for the Class of 2014 and 2015. Click here for the graduation requirements for the Class of 2016 and beyond. You will be required to take both math and science classes to graduate.
If you attend a private school, check with your school counselor for graduation
You should also consider
taking some advanced courses in high school. This includes Advanced Placement
(AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses if they are available in your
school. If you do well in these courses, you may receive college credit for
them. Advanced courses can also strengthen your college application.
Helpful electives to take in high school that prepare you for this
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Business and Applied English
- Consumer Law
- Computer Applications
The courses listed above
are meant to help you create your high school plan. If you have not already
done so, talk to a school counselor or parent about the courses you are considering
You should also check with
a teacher or counselor to see if work-based learning opportunities are available
in your school and community. These might include field trips, job shadowing,
internships, and actual work experience. The goal of these activities is to
help you connect your school experiences with real-life work.
Join some groups, try some
hobbies, or volunteer with an organization that interests you. By participating
in activities you can have fun, make new friends, and learn about yourself.
Maybe one of them will help direct you to a future career. Click here for examples
and groups that may be available in your high school or community.
To work as a regulatory affairs manager, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or GED;
- have a bachelor’s degree in a related field; and
- have one to five years of related experience.
Most regulatory affairs managers have a bachelor’s degree. You need a degree in a life science, typically biology, to work in the medical industry. To work in manufacturing, you need a degree in engineering or even business.
It is becoming more common for schools to offer one-year certificate programs in regulatory affairs. These programs are designed for those with a bachelor’s degree and several years of experience in regulatory affairs. They may also be part of a master’s program. Those with a background in pharmacy often decide to supplement their education with this type of certificate.
Usually you must prove yourself as a regulatory affairs specialist before you can become a manager. Most regulatory affairs managers work for several years as specialists before becoming managers.
You should consider participating in an internship while in college. An internship is usually part of a four-year degree program. It offers you a chance to apply what you have learned in the classroom to a work situation. It also allows you to build skills and make contacts with people in the field.
Many large firms provide training to new employees so they can learn that particular company's regulatory needs. You may spend time studying a particular industry or product. Training may last up to three months.
- Biological Sciences
- Business Management and Administration
- Public Health
Employers usually seek college graduates to fill entry-level jobs in regulatory affairs. Many employers prefer applicants who have majored in biology, chemistry, or another related degree. Many employers prefer graduates who have work experience in research laboratories. Other employers outside the medical field seek applicants with a background in business, manufacturing, or engineering. Applicants who have experience from an internship are also attractive.
Employers especially seek regulatory affairs managers who can speak and write effectively. Employers look for a combination of experience, education, and organizational skills. They seek managers who can cope well with pressure or conflict.
Most employers require managers to have several years of direct, related work experience in regulatory affairs. In many cases, companies hire their own employees who have worked first as specialists. A master's degree is also becoming more common.
Most regulatory affairs managers advance into this work from a specialist or entry-level position. Getting certified in regulatory affairs is often a key part of advancement into manager-level work.
As regulatory affairs managers gain additional experience, they are given more difficult projects and more responsibility. Those with leadership skills may move up to manage teams of specialists and other related workers.
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