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Working As A Clinical Research 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

  • $77,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Research 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 Research 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
Research Manager 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Research Manager
Internship 1.9%
Top Careers After Clinical Research Manager
Consultant 5.2%
Director 3.7%
Manager 3.2%

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Clinical Research Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

75.9%

Male

22.0%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

58.7%

Hispanic or Latino

14.5%

Black or African American

11.5%

Asian

10.5%

Unknown

4.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.5%

French

13.5%

Chinese

8.1%

German

8.1%

Swedish

2.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

Bosnian

2.7%

Japanese

2.7%

Urdu

2.7%

Hindi

2.7%

Mandarin

2.7%

Polish

2.7%

Korean

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Russian

2.7%
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Clinical Research Manager Education

Schools

George Washington University

9.8%

Johns Hopkins University

8.8%

University of Phoenix

8.8%

Drexel University

7.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.9%

Boston University

4.9%

Emory University

4.9%

University of California - San Diego

4.9%

Pennsylvania State University

4.9%

Saint Joseph's University

3.9%

Arizona State University

3.9%

San Jose State University

3.9%

Georgetown University

3.9%

Capella University

3.9%

University of Iowa

3.9%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

3.9%

Ohio University -

2.9%

University of Pennsylvania

2.9%

University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

2.9%

University of Rochester

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

21.7%

Business

12.2%

Health Care Administration

9.2%

Biology

9.0%

Public Health

6.7%

Psychology

6.0%

Pharmacy

5.2%

Medicine

4.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.5%

Health Sciences And Services

3.2%

Physiology And Anatomy

3.2%

Medical Technician

2.7%

Project Management

2.0%

Sociology

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Microbiology

1.5%

Food And Nutrition

1.5%

Chemistry

1.5%

Neuroscience

1.5%

Education

1.2%
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Degrees

Masters

37.1%

Bachelors

27.6%

Other

12.7%

Doctorate

12.7%

Certificate

4.8%

Associate

4.2%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.2%
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Real Clinical Research Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager of Clinical Research Bisco, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 20, 2013 $200,000
Clinical Research Manager Matthew Brams, Md and Alice Mao, Md Houston, TX Jul 08, 2015 $157,102
Manager, Clinical Research Coopervision, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 17, 2011 $145,000
Manager, Clinical Research Coopervision, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Feb 15, 2011 $145,000
Clinical Research Project Manager ACRO Service Corp Chesterbrook, PA Sep 11, 2015 $142,480
Clinical Research Project Manager ACRO Service Corporation Livonia, MI Dec 09, 2016 $142,480
Clinical Research Project Manager ACRO Service Corporation Wayne, PA Dec 09, 2016 $142,480
Clinical Research Project Manager ACRO Service Corporation Wayne, PA Sep 20, 2016 $142,480
Clinical Research Manager Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. East Hanover, NJ Jan 01, 2013 $139,080
Clinical Research Manager Pulmonary Consultants, PLLC Tacoma, WA Apr 22, 2015 $125,000
Manager of Clinical Research Bisco, Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 20, 2016 $124,010 -
$210,532
Clinical Research Manager Novrtis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Jan 01, 2010 $123,136 -
$135,000
Clinical Research Manager Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Jan 01, 2010 $123,136 -
$135,000
Clinical Research Manager II Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Dec 01, 2009 $122,000
Clinical Research Study Manager Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Jun 29, 2014 $103,674
Clinical Research Manager University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Nov 30, 2015 $103,438
Clinical Research Project Manager Quintrix Solutions Inc. Wayne, PA Sep 23, 2016 $102,000
Clinical Research & Outcomes Manager Acufocus, Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2013 $100,786
Cancer Center Clinical Research Grants and Financial Manager University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA Aug 08, 2016 $100,000
Clinical Research Study Manager Amgen Inc. Sanford, FL Oct 11, 2010 $99,480
Clinical Research Manager Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Apr 06, 2015 $98,000
Clinical Research Manager Baylor College of Medicine TX Jan 01, 2010 $85,000
Clinical Research & Outcomes Manager Acufocus Inc. Irvine, CA Oct 01, 2010 $85,000
Assistant Clinical Research Manager for Community VHS Acquisition Subsidiary Number 9, Inc. Metrowes Framingham, MA Sep 18, 2012 $84,989
Clinical Research Manager Ut Southwestern Medical Center Dallas, TX Apr 12, 2011 $81,952
Clinical Research Project Manager/Mycologist University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio San Antonio, TX Jan 04, 2016 $81,600
Clinical Research Manager Pulmonary Consultants P.L.L.C Tacoma, WA Sep 05, 2012 $81,000
Clinical Research Manager General Electric Company-Healthcare Wauwatosa, WI Dec 02, 2009 $80,000 -
$90,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A Clinical Research Manager

Average Yearly Salary
$77,000
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$50,000
Min 10%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$77,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Merck
Highest Paying City
Santa Rosa, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.1 years
How much does a Clinical Research Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Research Manager in the United States is $77,744 per year or $37 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $50,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

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Top Skills for A Clinical Research Manager

  1. Clinical Research Coordinators
  2. Regulatory Documents
  3. Study Protocols
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  • Assist with the development and management of Metro operations for oncology SMO including supervising field-based Clinical Research Coordinators.
  • Facilitate collection of regulatory documents and maintenance of Trial Master File.
  • Negotiated contracts with pharmaceutical companies, government agencies and hospitals (domestic and international) derived from clinical study protocols.
  • Support investigators across multiple departments and therapeutic areas to ensure compliance.
  • Provide project management and oversight of pharmaceutical company sponsored clinical research trials conducted in physician office.

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