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Working As A Clinical Data Associate

  • Processing Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $83,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Data Associate Do

Statisticians use statistical methods to collect and analyze data and to help solve real-world problems in business, engineering, healthcare, or other fields.

Duties

Statisticians typically do the following:

  • Decide what data are needed to answer specific questions or problems
  • Determine methods for finding or collecting data
  • Design surveys, experiments, or opinion polls to collect data 
  • Collect data or train others to do so
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Report conclusions from their analyses

Statisticians design surveys, questionnaires, experiments, and opinion polls to collect the data they need. Surveys may be mailed, conducted over the phone, collected online, or gathered through some other means.

Some surveys, such as the U.S. census, include data from nearly everyone. For most surveys and opinion polls, however, statisticians use sampling to collect data from some people in a particular group. Statisticians determine the type and size of the sample to be surveyed or polled.

Statisticians use specialized statistical software to analyze data. In their analyses, statisticians identify trends and relationships within the data. They also conduct tests to find out the data’s validity and to account for high survey nonresponse rates or sampling error. Some statisticians may help create new software to analyze data more accurately and efficiently.

Statisticians present the findings from their analyses and discuss the data’s limitations to prevent inaccurate conclusions from being drawn. They may present written reports, tables, charts, and graphs to other team members and to clients. Statisticians also recommend how to improve the design of future surveys or experiments.

Statisticians work in many fields, such as education, marketing, psychology, sports, or any other field that requires the collection and analysis of data. In particular, government, healthcare, and research and development companies employ many statisticians.

Government. Statisticians working in government develop and analyze surveys that collect a variety of data, including unemployment rates, wages, and other estimates pertaining to jobs and workers. Other statisticians help to figure out the average level of pesticides in drinking water, the number of endangered species living in a particular area, or the number of people who have a certain disease.

Some statisticians employed by the federal government are known as mathematical statisticians.

HealthcareStatisticians known as biostatisticians or biometricians work in pharmaceutical companies, public health agencies, or hospitals. They may design studies to test whether drugs successfully treat diseases or medical conditions. They may also help identify the sources of outbreaks of illnesses in humans and animals.

Research and development. Statisticians design experiments for product testing and development. For instance, they may help design experiments to see how car engines perform when exposed to extreme weather conditions. Statisticians may also help develop marketing strategies and prices for consumer goods. 

Statisticians often collaborate with other occupations in the design and conduct of the research.

Some people with a degree in statistics or who collect and analyze statistical data may not be formally known as statisticians. Instead, they may work in related fields and professions. In some industries, for example, they may be known as quantitative analysts, market research analysts, data analysts, or data scientists.

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How To Become A Clinical Data Associate

Statisticians typically need at least a master’s degree in statistics, mathematics, or another quantitative field. However, a bachelor’s degree is sufficient for some entry-level jobs. Research and academic jobs generally require a Ph.D.

Education

Statisticians typically need at least a master’s degree, although some entry-level jobs are available for those with a bachelor’s degree. Most statisticians have degrees in mathematics, economics, computer science, or another quantitative field. A bachelor’s degree in statistics typically includes courses in linear algebra, calculus, experimental design, survey methodology, probability, and statistical theory.

Many colleges and universities advise students to take courses in a related field, such as computer science, engineering, physics, or mathematics. These courses can help prepare students to work in a variety of industries. Coursework in engineering or physical science, for example, may be useful for statisticians working in manufacturing on quality or productivity improvement. A background in biology, chemistry, or health sciences is useful for work testing pharmaceutical or agricultural products.

Because statisticians often work with data analysis software, computer programming courses may be particularly beneficial for students.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Statisticians use statistical techniques and models to analyze large amounts of data. They must determine the appropriate software packages and understand computer programming languages to design and develop new techniques and models. They must also be precise and accurate in their analyses.

Communication skills. Statisticians often work with, and propose solutions to, people who do not have extensive knowledge of mathematics or statistics. They must be able to present statistical information and ideas so that others will understand.

Math skills. Statisticians use statistics, calculus, and linear algebra to develop their models and analyses.

Problem-solving skills. Statisticians must develop techniques to overcome problems in data collection and analysis, such as high nonresponse rates, so that they can draw meaningful conclusions.

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Average Yearly Salary
$83,000
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$41,000
Min 10%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$83,000
Median 50%
$166,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Inc. Research Inc.
Highest Paying City
Dover, NH
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does a Clinical Data Associate make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Data Associate in the United States is $83,411 per year or $40 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $41,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $166,000.

Real Clinical Data Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Data Associate II Populus Group Foster City, CA May 26, 2015 $114,785
Clinical Data Associate II Gilead Sciences, Inc. Seattle, WA Aug 08, 2016 $96,769
Clinical Data Associate II Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Nov 03, 2014 $94,535 -
$122,692
SR. Clinical Data Associate Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Mar 22, 2016 $93,600 -
$133,095
Clinical Data Associate II Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Apr 13, 2015 $84,095 -
$109,145
Senior Clinical Data Associate Genzyme Corporation Cambridge, MA Oct 01, 2012 $77,480 -
$90,293
Clinical Data Associate I Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 07, 2011 $76,151
Clinical Data Associate II Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Nov 22, 2010 $75,000
Clinical Data Associate II Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 16, 2013 $73,091 -
$105,000
Clinical Data Associate The Fountain Group LLC Waltham, MA May 29, 2015 $73,045
Clinical Data Associate The Fountain Group LLC Cambridge, MA Dec 15, 2014 $73,045
Clinical Data Associate I Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jan 08, 2016 $72,842 -
$93,599
Senior Clinical Data Associate Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Aug 22, 2013 $72,530 -
$110,946
Senior Clinical Data Associate Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 22, 2013 $72,530
Clinical Data Associate I Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Sep 11, 2015 $71,822 -
$75,365
Clinical Data Associate I Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jun 24, 2014 $70,366 -
$88,087
Clinical Data Associate II Intone Networks Inc. Foster City, CA Jan 28, 2015 $68,000
Senior Clinical Data Associate Genzyme Corporation Cambridge, MA Dec 07, 2009 $67,766 -
$80,000
Clinical Data Research Associate Accelerant Software, Inc. Cerritos, CA May 26, 2016 $65,000
Clinical Data Associate I United Pharma Technologies Inc. Bothell, WA Jan 09, 2016 $64,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Data Associate

  1. Clinical Trials
  2. CRF
  3. Ecrf
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  • Excelled in supporting high-priority clinical trials for several clients with methodical and expedited data management skills.
  • Tracked and reconciled data received for in-house review through use of existing Case Report Form (CRF) tracking tools.
  • Modify standard templates to create study specific Data Management Plans, or eCRF completion guidelines.
  • Support other study related data management activities as needed.
  • Hire, train and supervise personnel to perform clinical data entry and clinical database functions.

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Top 10 Best States for Clinical Data Associates

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  2. Maryland
  3. District of Columbia
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Minnesota
  6. Delaware
  7. North Carolina
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  9. Rhode Island
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Clinical Data Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

64.5%

Male

23.4%

Unknown

12.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

10.6%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

83.3%

Tagalog

16.7%

Clinical Data Associate Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.8%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

10.5%

Southern Connecticut State University

7.4%

Durham Technical Community College

5.3%

University of Texas at Austin

5.3%

University of Connecticut

4.2%

North Carolina State University

4.2%

Walden University

4.2%

Thomas Jefferson University

4.2%

Strayer University

4.2%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.2%

North Carolina Central University

4.2%

San Francisco State University

4.2%

Saint Edward's University

3.2%

Sacred Heart University

3.2%

University of California - Davis

3.2%

Drexel University

3.2%

Campbell University

3.2%

Western Illinois University

3.2%

Wilmington University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

18.5%

Biology

13.8%

Health Care Administration

13.4%

Psychology

11.8%

Nursing

5.9%

Pharmacy

4.3%

Computer Science

3.5%

Sociology

3.5%

Management

3.1%

Public Health

2.8%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Biotechnology

2.4%

Communication

2.0%

Zoology

2.0%

Information Technology

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Pharmacology

2.0%

School Counseling

1.6%

Microbiology

1.6%

Fine Arts

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.1%

Masters

24.7%

Other

11.5%

Associate

7.3%

Certificate

5.7%

Diploma

2.1%

Doctorate

1.6%
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