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Regulatory Affairs Specialist

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Summary

Help your company implement and enforce government regulations.

Salary Range

$52,000 - $72,500

Salary range derived from OFLC job titles

What does a Regulatory Affairs Specialist do?

The government imposes regulations on certain things—stocks, foods, medicines, etc.—in order to protect the public. Regardless of how you feel about this statement, the fact remains: If you want to be in business, then you have to play ball with the federal government.

This doesn’t mean, though, that as a regulatory affairs specialist, you’re a slave to the demands of the government. It just means that you need to know what the government expects of you and your company in order for you to remain compliant.

“Compliance” is the watchword of the regulatory affairs specialist. If that doesn’t sound very exciting to you, then think of it this way: You could hold an entire company’s fate in your hands. Your company’s ability to successfully operate within the regulated environment imposed by the government hinges on your ability to properly understand those rules and regulations. As a regulatory affairs specialist, you’re the person making sure that your company is operating within the law.

But you don’t just work with your company. The regulatory affairs specialist is also expected to interact with the government officials who oversee your type of product (medication, food, etc.) and your geographic location. This is where your job gets dynamic and challenging: If your company is found to be in violation of a regulation, you have to work with the company and the government to smooth things out. Additionally, as the regulatory landscape changes, you can be in a position to advocate for changes to the system.

Using well-researched presentations, speeches, and essays, you have the power to influence regulators, and hopefully bring real-world understanding to what can often be a theoretical realm. The bottom line is keeping people safe, and that’s something that you can feel good about.

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