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Working As A Clinical Research Assistant

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

  • $59,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Research Assistant 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 Research Assistant

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 Research Assistant Career Paths

Clinical Research Assistant
Clinical Research Coordinator Project Manager Director
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Laboratory Technician Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Assistant Physician Assistant Medical Officer
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
12 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse Clinician
Clinical Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Research Coordinator Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research Coordinator Clinical Research Associate Clinical Project Manager
Clinical Trial Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Research Coordinator Data Analyst Senior Data Analyst-
Data Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Clinical Research Nurse Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Study Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Occupational Health Nurse
Health Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Study Coordinator Clinical Research Specialist Clinical Research Manager
Clinical Research Director
11 Yearsyrs
Research Technician Study Coordinator
Senior Research Coordinator
5 Yearsyrs
Research Technician Study Coordinator Senior Clinical Research Associate
Senior Clinical Research Scientist
9 Yearsyrs
Physician Assistant Research Fellow Medical Science Liaison
Senior Clinical Research Associate
9 Yearsyrs
Regulatory Affairs Specialist Regulatory Specialist
Clinical Trials Specialist
7 Yearsyrs
Regulatory Affairs Specialist Clinical Trial Coordinator
Clinical Trials Associate
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Research Nurse 3.4 years
Study Coordinator 2.8 years
Clinical Associate 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Research Assistant
Internship 13.2%
Volunteer 8.5%
Assistant 2.0%
Top Careers After Clinical Research Assistant
Internship 7.2%
Volunteer 5.1%
Associate 1.9%
Consultant 1.9%

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Clinical Research Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

63.3%

Male

23.7%

Unknown

13.0%
Ethnicity

White

53.7%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Asian

14.5%

Black or African American

11.0%

Unknown

5.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.1%

French

12.2%

Chinese

5.5%

Mandarin

5.3%

Hindi

4.1%

Korean

2.6%

Portuguese

2.4%

Cantonese

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Russian

1.9%

Gujarati

1.7%

Urdu

1.7%

Arabic

1.7%

Italian

1.2%

German

1.2%

Tagalog

1.0%

Hebrew

1.0%

Telugu

0.7%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Navajo

0.7%
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Clinical Research Assistant Education

Schools

Drexel University

8.7%

University of Phoenix

6.8%

Boston University

6.6%

Johns Hopkins University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.5%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.3%

University of Pennsylvania

5.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.7%

University of California - San Diego

4.7%

New York University

4.7%

Columbia University

4.6%

Walden University

4.4%

Ohio State University

4.3%

Emory University

4.1%

University of the Sciences

4.0%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.8%

Temple University

3.7%
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Majors

Biology

14.6%

Psychology

12.1%

Nursing

10.7%

Public Health

7.4%

Business

7.4%

Health Care Administration

6.9%

Medicine

6.8%

Medical Assisting Services

4.4%

Clinical Psychology

3.8%

Pharmacy

3.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.3%

Neuroscience

2.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.5%

Physician Assistant

2.4%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.0%

Health Sciences And Services

2.0%

Biomedical Engineering

2.0%

Social Work

1.8%

Counseling Psychology

1.8%

Biomedical Sciences

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.6%

Masters

28.6%

Other

13.9%

Doctorate

9.0%

Associate

4.4%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$36,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
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How much does a Clinical Research Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Research Assistant in the United States is $59,698 per year or $29 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $97,000.

Real Clinical Research Assistant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Asst Research Prof and Asst Prof of Clinical Medicine Indiana University Indianapolis, IN Oct 24, 2014 $130,000
Asst. Research Prof of Clinical Research & Leadership The George Washington University Washington, DC Nov 07, 2016 $110,000
Asst Prof of Clinical Research & Leadership The George Washington University Washington, DC May 07, 2016 $100,000
Clinical Research Assistant Roger Washington Md Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 09, 2016 $79,851
Asst Research Prof of Clinical Research & Leadership The George Washington University Washington, DC Mar 28, 2016 $75,000
Clinical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital MA Dec 01, 2014 $64,737
Clinical Research Assistant Center for Clinical Trials of San Gabriel West Covina, CA Aug 12, 2015 $61,441
Clinical Research Assistant Center for Clinical Trials of San Gabriel West Covina, CA Dec 08, 2015 $61,441
Clinical Research Assistant The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Oct 02, 2014 $58,624
Clinical Research Assistant Genetics Associates Inc. Nashville, TN Sep 24, 2012 $58,436
Clinical Research Assistant Genetics Associates Inc. Nashville, TN Oct 01, 2012 $58,436
Clinical Research Assistant Mid-Atlantic Medical Research Centers MD Mar 05, 2016 $58,323
Clinical Research Assistant II Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Jul 01, 2011 $57,000
Clinical Research Assistant Northern Valley Anesthesiology, Pa Englewood, NJ Oct 01, 2011 $46,603
Clinical Research Assistant Children's Memorial Hospital Chicago, IL Mar 29, 2010 $46,561
Clinical Research Assistant New York Society for Relief of Ruptured & Crippled New York, NY Jun 01, 2015 $46,060
Clinical Research Assistant II The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Sep 07, 2016 $46,000
Clinical Research Assistant East Coast Clinical Research, Inc. Haverhill, MA Oct 01, 2012 $45,914
Clinical Research Assistant Activmed Practices and Research, Inc. Methuen Town, MA Aug 01, 2015 $45,914
Research Assistant Clinical University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD May 21, 2016 $45,584
Clinical Research Assistant II Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Dec 08, 2015 $38,480
Clinical Research Assistant Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Dec 01, 2013 $38,266
Clinical Research Assistant Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Dec 17, 2011 $38,266
Clinical Research Assistant II Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 01, 2010 $37,960
Clinical Research Assistant Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York, Inc. New York, NY Dec 14, 2015 $37,853
Clinical Research Assistant/Data Manager The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Oct 01, 2016 $37,500
Clinical Research Assistant/Data Manager The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jan 10, 2016 $37,500

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Top Skills for A Clinical Research Assistant

  1. Research Projects
  2. Clinical Trials
  3. Study Procedures
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  • Assisted with the administration of clinical research projects, recruiting investigators, collecting investigator documentation and site management.
  • Assisted Principal Investigator and Lead Coordinator in conducting multiple clinical trials according to protocol.
  • Managed study documentation to ensure protocol fidelity and accurate records of participant completion of study procedures.
  • Reviewed regulatory documents and maintained required central files; developed tracking matrices for regulatory site and personnel documentation.
  • Prepared and investigated initial clinical research study proposals leading to IRB approval.

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