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Working As A Clinical Project Manager

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

  • $107,759

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Project Manager 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 Project Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Project Manager 3.4 years
Clinical Scientist 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.8%
Director 2.5%
Manager 2.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.8%
Manager 4.3%
Director 4.0%

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Clinical Project Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

63.8%

Male

32.4%

Unknown

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

58.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.8%

Asian

11.3%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

5.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.8%

French

14.6%

German

6.3%

Russian

6.3%

Japanese

4.2%

Polish

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Estonian

2.1%

Chinese

2.1%

Turkish

2.1%

Dakota

2.1%

Ukrainian

2.1%

Mandarin

2.1%

Dari

2.1%

Italian

2.1%
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Clinical Project Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

George Washington University

8.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.2%

Johns Hopkins University

5.2%

University of Miami

5.2%

Villanova University

4.3%

Saint Louis University-

4.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.3%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.3%

American InterContinental University

4.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.3%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.3%

Northeastern University

4.3%

Drexel University

4.3%

Oregon Health & Science University

4.3%

University of Saint Francis

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%

Pace University - New York

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

18.4%

Business

18.2%

Biology

8.7%

Health Care Administration

8.5%

Project Management

6.5%

Management

5.3%

Pharmacy

4.6%

Public Health

4.4%

Psychology

4.4%

Medicine

2.8%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.4%

Microbiology

2.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.0%

Biomedical Engineering

2.0%

Computer Information Systems

2.0%

Marketing

1.8%

Health Sciences And Services

1.6%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

Medical Technician

1.4%
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Degrees

Masters

38.1%

Bachelors

33.1%

Other

12.6%

Doctorate

7.6%

Certificate

3.9%

Associate

3.5%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Real Clinical Project Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Project Manager III Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Menlo Park, CA Jul 14, 2014 $222,560
Clinical Project Manager III Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC South San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2014 $222,560
Clinical Project Manager Akros Pharma Inc. Princeton, NJ May 27, 2015 $177,258
Clinical Informatics Project Manager Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanf Menlo Park, CA Aug 31, 2014 $160,472
CRD Senior Clinical Project Manager Quintiles, Inc. Durham, NC Nov 22, 2016 $153,566
Clinical Project Manager II Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. Frederick, MD Aug 07, 2016 $151,133
Associate Director, Clinical Project Manager Pfizer Inc. New York, NY Feb 04, 2011 $146,800
Clinical Project Manager Integrated Resources, Inc. Edison, NJ Aug 31, 2016 $143,250
Clinical Project Manager II Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. Rockville, MD Nov 30, 2016 $138,403
Clinical Project Manager Integrated Resources, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 10, 2016 $135,655
SR. Clinical Project Manager Purdue Pharma L.P. Stamford, CT Mar 30, 2013 $132,615
Clinical Project Manager Integrated Resources, Inc. Lexington, MA Sep 18, 2016 $131,481
Clinical Redesign Senior Clinical Project Manager Quintiles, Inc. Raleigh, NC Apr 08, 2016 $125,000
Clinical Project Manager Cardiovascular Research Foundation New York, NY Sep 12, 2016 $115,000
Clinical Project Manager Cardiovascular Research Foundation New York, NY Dec 09, 2016 $115,000
Clinical Project Manager Eastern Virginia Medical School Arlington, VA Jan 12, 2016 $114,905
Clinical Project Manager Eastern Virginia Medical School Arlington, VA Aug 12, 2016 $114,905
Clinical Project Manager Replenish, Inc. Pasadena, CA Aug 25, 2014 $110,000 -
$120,000
Clinical Project Manager Integrated Resources, Inc. Deerfield, IL Oct 01, 2012 $108,524
SR. Clinical Project Manager Syntactx, LLC New York, NY Jul 25, 2016 $107,000
Clinical Project Manager Integrated Resources, Inc. Kenilworth, NJ Nov 04, 2009 $93,498
Crimson Clinical Project Manager Methodist Health System Dallas, TX Apr 18, 2014 $92,019
Clinical Database Services Project Manager Accenture LLP Florham Park, NJ Aug 05, 2015 $90,000
Clinical Database Services Project Manager Accenture LLP Lansdale, PA Aug 05, 2015 $90,000
Clinical Database Services Project Manager Accenture LLP Philadelphia, PA Jul 22, 2015 $90,000
Statistician/Clinical Project Manager Libra Medical, Inc. Brooklyn Park, MN Oct 01, 2013 $90,000
Clinical Database Services Project Manager Accenture LLP Rahway, NJ Jul 22, 2015 $90,000

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  1. Project Management
  2. Regulatory Documents
  3. Protocols
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  • Developed and implemented Project Management, Monitoring and Risk Management plans.
  • Review regulatory documents as required and prepare site visit reports* Prepare and present project information at internal and external meetings.
  • Assessed staff learning needs for protocols and developed and delivered educational offerings.
  • Participate in and document Quality audits and inspections of Clinical Trials as prescribed by departmental policies and regulatory agencies.
  • Provide appropriate guidance to junior personnel to ensure consistent implementation of company monitoring procedures.

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