The Flexibility to Chart Your Career

Susan P. Landis

Clinical Researcher—September 2021 (Volume 35, Issue 7)


Susan P. Landis, Executive Director of ACRP (


We’ve been talking about you, and I hope your ears are burning. You’re in demand. With considerable growth projected for the clinical research industry, we need you—and more people like you.

It’s a critical part of our service to our members to ensure you understand the breadth and depth of a career path in our industry. You also play a large part in determining where you want to go and how you want to grow. Think of it as the ultimate road trip, with some significant built-in flexibility. Truly, the possibilities are endless.

ACRP is investing in creating a career map for people like you. Check out the blueprint we developed as a start. I would love to hear from you about what we can add or what we may have missed. Underpinning this map are hours and hours of work from ACRP volunteers to document the core competencies for some critical roles—as a start. Thank you for your contributions.

So where do you want to go next? We’re hearing from industry leaders that your journey is no longer linear. Indeed, you can go off road and be enriched by exploring peripheral paths—even those that extend beyond core clinical research competencies, such as leadership skills, diversity in clinical research, the use of digital tools in implementing trials and studies, and insights on the complexity of global clinical trials. ACRP is also exploring—we’re planning for how we can bring you core and extracurricular classes to bolster your fundamental knowledge.

Perhaps it’s the right time to get out the map and dream of the next destination in your career. We’re committed to being your guide. And, as always, thank you for your contribution to improved health outcomes for all.