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Working As A Clinical Associate

  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $206,179

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Associate Do

Natural sciences managers supervise the work of scientists, including chemists, physicists, and biologists. They direct activities related to research and development, and coordinate activities such as testing, quality control, and production.

Duties

Natural sciences managers typically do the following:

  • Work with top executives to develop goals and strategies for researchers and developers
  • Budget resources for projects and programs by determining staffing, training, and equipment needs
  • Hire, supervise, and evaluate scientists, technicians, and other staff members
  • Review staff members’ methodology and the accuracy of their research results
  • Ensure that laboratories are stocked with equipment and supplies
  • Monitor the progress of projects, review research performed, and draft operational reports
  • Provide technical assistance to scientists, technicians, and support staff
  • Establish and follow administrative procedures, policies, and standards
  • Communicate project proposals, research findings, and the status of projects to clients and top management

Natural sciences managers direct scientific research activities and direct and coordinate product development projects and production activities. The duties of natural sciences managers vary with the field of science (for example, biology or chemistry) or the industry they work in. Research projects may be aimed at improving manufacturing processes, advancing basic scientific knowledge, or developing new products.

Some natural sciences managers are former scientists and, after becoming managers, may continue to conduct their own research as well as oversee the work of others. These managers are sometimes called working managers and usually have smaller staffs, allowing them to do research in addition to carrying out their administrative duties.

Managers who are responsible for larger staffs may not have time to contribute to research and may spend all their time performing administrative duties.

Laboratory managers need to ensure that laboratories are fully supplied so that scientists can run their tests and experiments. Some specialize in the management of laboratory animals.

During all stages of a project, natural sciences managers coordinate the activities of their unit with those of other units or organizations. They work with higher levels of management; with financial, production, and marketing specialists; and with suppliers of equipment and materials.

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How To Become A Clinical Associate

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. Natural sciences managers typically have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a related field, such as engineering. Some managers may find it helpful to have an advanced management degree—for example, a Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), or a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Education

Natural sciences managers typically begin their careers as scientists; therefore, most have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or Ph.D. in a scientific discipline or a closely related field, such as engineering. Scientific and technical knowledge is essential for managers because they must be able to understand the work of their subordinates and provide technical assistance when needed. 

Natural sciences managers who are interested in acquiring postsecondary education in management should be able to find master’s degree or Ph.D. programs in a natural science that incorporate business management courses. A relatively new type of degree, called the Professional Science Master’s (PSM), blends advanced training in a particular science field with business skills, such as communications and program management, and policy. Those interested in acquiring general management skills may pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Public Administration (MPA). Some natural sciences managers will have studied psychology or some other management-related field to enter this occupation.

Sciences managers must continually upgrade their knowledge because of the rapid growth of scientific developments.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Natural sciences managers usually advance to management positions after years of employment as scientists. While employed as scientists, they typically are given more responsibility and independence in their work as they gain experience. Eventually, they may lead research teams and have control over the direction and content of projects before being promoted to an administrative position.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although certification is not typically required to become a natural sciences manager, many relevant certifications are available. These certifications range from those related to specific scientific areas of study or practice, such as laboratory animal management, to general management topics, such as project management, and are useful to natural sciences managers regardless of the organization being managed.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to communicate clearly to a variety of audiences, such as scientists, policymakers, and the public. Both written and oral communication are important.

Critical-thinking skills. Natural sciences managers must carefully evaluate the work of others. They must determine if their staff’s methods and results are based on sound science.

Interpersonal skills. Natural sciences managers lead research teams and therefore need to work well with others in order to reach common goals. Managers routinely deal with conflict, which they must be able to turn into positive outcomes for their organization.

Leadership skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to organize, direct, and motivate others. They need to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their workers and create an environment in which the workers can succeed.

Problem-solving skills. Natural sciences managers use scientific observation and analysis to find solutions to complex technical questions.

Time-management skills. Natural sciences managers must be able to do multiple administrative, supervisory, and technical tasks while ensuring that projects remain on schedule.

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Clinical Associate Career Paths

Clinical Associate
Medical Assistant Office Manager Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Unit Manager Nursing Director
Chief Nursing Officer
14 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Associate Project Manager Program Manager
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Nurse Manager Clinical Supervisor
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator Senior Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Associate Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Case Manager Registered Nurse Case Manager Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Study Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Clinical Research Associate Clinical Project Manager
Clinical Trial Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Physician Clinical Assistant
Clinical Trials Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Trials Specialist
8 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Registered Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator Case Manager Clinical Coordinator
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Quality Assurance Quality Assurance Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Clinician Assistant Professor Clinical Pharmacist
Manager Of Clinical Services
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Physician
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Quality Assurance
Vice-President Of Quality
15 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Clinical Assistant 2.3 years
Clinical Associate 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 10.1%
Cashier 4.4%
Volunteer 3.7%
Associate 2.4%
Top Employers After
Internship 5.7%
Associate 3.8%
Manager 3.5%
Consultant 2.9%

Clinical Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

72.5%

Male

25.6%

Unknown

1.9%
Ethnicity

White

78.2%

Hispanic or Latino

10.0%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.4%

French

11.8%

Hindi

7.9%

Vietnamese

5.3%

Chinese

5.3%

Gujarati

2.6%

Mandarin

2.6%

Italian

2.6%

German

2.6%

Japanese

2.6%

Telugu

1.3%

Turkish

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Khmer

1.3%

Bengali

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Filipino

1.3%

Uzbek

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%
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Clinical Associate Education

Schools

West Virginia University

15.0%

University of Phoenix

10.5%

Temple University

7.7%

Drexel University

5.9%

Fairmont State University

5.6%

University of Alaska Anchorage

5.6%

Walden University

4.9%

Trident Technical College

4.5%

Rowan University

4.5%

Strayer University

3.8%

West Virginia Junior College - Morgantown

3.5%

Virginia Western Community College

3.5%

Liberty University

3.5%

Capella University

3.5%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3.5%

Villanova University

3.1%

Murray State University

2.8%

University of Richmond

2.8%

Montgomery County Community College

2.8%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

27.5%

Psychology

9.2%

Business

8.6%

Health Care Administration

7.4%

Biology

5.0%

Social Work

4.9%

Clinical Psychology

4.1%

Medical Assisting Services

3.9%

Public Health

3.6%

Mental Health Counseling

3.2%

Counseling Psychology

3.1%

Pharmacy

2.7%

Medicine

2.6%

Nursing Assistants

2.2%

Criminal Justice

2.2%

Education

2.1%

Medical Technician

2.0%

Law

2.0%

Health Sciences And Services

1.9%

Sociology

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.3%

Masters

25.3%

Other

19.8%

Associate

10.6%

Doctorate

6.1%

Certificate

4.5%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.8%
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Real Clinical Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Associate Professor East Carolina University Greenville, NC Jul 01, 2015 $500,000
Clinical Associate Professor Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH Jun 16, 2016 $401,419
Clinical Associate Professor Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Cincinnati, OH Jan 07, 2016 $401,419
Clinical Associate Professor East Carolina University Greenville, NC Jan 07, 2016 $400,000
Clinical Associate Professor East Carolina University Greenville, NC Jul 01, 2015 $400,000
Clinical Associate Professor University of Florida Gainesville, FL Oct 15, 2016 $400,000
Clinical Associate The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Sep 01, 2015 $251,259
Clinical Associate Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD May 15, 2015 $250,440
Clinical Associate In Interventional Radiology Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Jun 04, 2016 $250,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH Jan 01, 2016 $250,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Jan 07, 2016 $225,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Akron, OH Jan 07, 2016 $225,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Avon, OH Jan 07, 2016 $225,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Avon, OH Oct 25, 2015 $185,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Oct 25, 2015 $185,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Avon, OH Jan 07, 2016 $180,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Avon, OH Jun 24, 2015 $180,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Jun 24, 2015 $180,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Garfield Heights, OH Jan 07, 2016 $180,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Jan 07, 2016 $180,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Akron, OH Jan 07, 2016 $180,000
Clinical Associate Professor Trustees of Boston University Boston, MA Jan 07, 2016 $155,000
Clinical Associate Cleveland Clinic Foundation Cleveland, OH Feb 25, 2016 $150,000
Clinical Associate Professor University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Feb 16, 2015 $150,000
Clinical Associate Professor New York University New York, NY Jul 24, 2015 $140,000
Clinical Associate Professor New York University New York, NY Dec 15, 2015 $140,000
Clinical Associate Professor University of Florida Gainesville, FL Jan 20, 2016 $134,500
Clinical Associate Professor University of Florida Gainesville, FL Apr 28, 2016 $130,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Associate

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Top Clinical Associate Skills

  1. Procedures
  2. Regulatory Documents
  3. Patient Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide anesthesia for patients undergoing a wide variety of surgical procedures on the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic.
  • Conduct collection, review and tracking of regulatory documents as primary or secondary reviewer depending on study needs.
  • Performed site telephone contacts on recruitment, site staff, supplies, data entry, and patient safety.
  • Assisted nurse with taking vital signs and checking blood glucose level of patients.
  • Administered, maintained and coordinated the global operational aspects of clinical trials according to Good Clinical Practice and relevant SOP's.

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