What do they do?

Plan, direct, or coordinate production activities of an organization to ensure compliance with regulations and standard operating procedures.

Also known as:

Global Regulatory Affairs Director (Global RA Director), Global Regulatory Affairs Manager (Global RA Manager), Regulatory Affairs Director (RA Director), Regulatory Affairs Manager (RA Manager), Regulatory Affairs Quality Assurance Director (RA QA Director), Regulatory Director, Regulatory Science Director

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Employment of Regulatory Affairs Managers is projected to show little or no change from 2020 to 2030.

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (4%)
  • Master's degree  (18%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (35%)
  • Associate's degree  (8%)
  • Some college, no degree  (18%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (15%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (4%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Systems Evaluation - Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing that there is a problem.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Coordinate with external parties to exchange information.
  • Manage control system activities in organizations.
  • Review documents or materials for compliance with policies or regulations.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures.
  • Implement organizational process or policy changes.
  • Develop organizational policies or programs.
  • Maintain knowledge of current developments in area of expertise.
  • Examine marketing materials to ensure compliance with policies or regulations.
  • Communicate organizational policies and procedures.
  • Advise others on legal or regulatory compliance matters.
  • Coordinate regulatory documentation activities.
  • Manage documentation to ensure organization or accuracy.
  • Monitor external affairs or events affecting business operations.
  • Prepare reports related to compliance matters.
  • Maintain regulatory or compliance documentation.
  • Represent the organization in external relations.
  • Conduct employee training programs.
  • Develop organizational methods or procedures.
  • Monitor organizational procedures to ensure proper functioning.
  • Confer with organizational members to accomplish work activities.
  • Establish interpersonal business relationships to facilitate work activities.
  • Develop organizational goals or objectives.
  • Prepare operational budgets.
  • Prepare staff schedules or work assignments.
  • Evaluate potential of products, technologies, or resources.
  • Coordinate operational activities with external stakeholders.
  • Monitor organizational compliance with regulations.
  • Evaluate environmental impact of operational or development activities.

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