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Regulatory Affairs Career Outlook

Lead Regulatory Strategy and Product Development

Regulatory affairs professionals play a pivotal role in the development, approval and delivery of key medical advancements in today’s dynamic global healthcare industry. Regulatory affairs specialists are also involved in nearly every stage of medical innovation, from research and development to clinical trials, product launch and post-marketing compliance.

Regulatory Affairs Career Outlook

There is a growing need for qualified professionals who can transform regulatory oversight from a progress barrier to a guiding force for improving healthcare. These leaders are needed to help bring more safe, affordable and efficient innovations to market. To accommodate the growth and evolution of the field, healthcare organizations are looking for experts with the leadership skills and knowledge necessary to guide regulatory strategies, and play a crucial role in the oversight of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, and other FDA-regulated products.

Learn more about the skills needed for Regulatory Affairs professionals.

Regulatory Affairs Job Titles

Upon the completion of the MSHS in Regulatory Affairs program, you will be prepared with the knowledge and skills to lead in a variety of different career paths. Important positions for regulatory affairs professionals include, but are not limited to:

  • Regulatory Affairs Specialist
  • Regulatory Affairs Manager
  • Chemistry, Manufacturing and Controls (CMC) Manager
  • Consumer Officer
  • Technical Engineer
  • Medical Affairs Associate
  • Quality Assurance Engineer

Learn more about career resources available to regulatory affairs professionals.

Regulatory Affairs Career Earning Potential

According to the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society’s 2014 Scope of Practice & Compensation Survey, leadership roles in regulatory affairs can provide significant earning potential for qualified candidates. With opportunities spanning many different employment settings, the table below outlines base compensation by job level for U.S. based professionals.

Base Compensation by Career Title

Career Title

Potential Income

Regulatory Affairs Vice President


Regulatory Affairs Director


Regulatory Affairs Manager


Regulatory Affairs Project Manager


Regulatory Affairs Specialist


Regulatory Affairs Associate


Source: Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society’s 2014 Survey

Gain Coveted Experience in Regulatory Affairs

The George Washington University’s (GW) Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) in Regulatory Affairs was designed in collaboration with regulatory affairs professionals working in industry and in governmental agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes for Health (NIH). The Regulatory Affairs program faculty are real-world experts with practical experience in the healthcare industry.

Through the program’s interdisciplinary approach and global outlook, students are prepared to be global leaders of healthcare regulation. Our online students enjoy a state-of-the-art program that is highly interactive and provides in-depth knowledge of international regulatory affairs to prepare them for regulatory affairs careers anywhere in the world.

Advance Your Career as a Leader in Regulatory Affairs

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