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Working As A Clinical Research Scientist

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

  • $84,970

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Research Scientist 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 Scientist

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 Scientist 3.8 years
Scientist 3.4 years
Clinical Scientist 3.3 years
Top Employers Before
Fellow 5.1%
Scientist 3.3%
Lecturer 2.9%
Instructor 2.9%
Top Employers After
Director 4.4%
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 3.1%

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Clinical Research Scientist Demographics

Gender

Female

59.8%

Male

33.5%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

50.0%

Asian

21.9%

Hispanic or Latino

12.3%

Black or African American

10.1%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Irish

33.3%

French

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Clinical Research Scientist Education

Schools

George Washington University

7.7%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

7.7%

University of Pennsylvania

5.8%

University of Rochester

5.8%

Villanova University

5.8%

University of Chicago

5.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

5.8%

The College of New Jersey

5.8%

Thomas Jefferson University

5.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

5.8%

North Carolina State University

3.8%

Temple University

3.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.8%

State University of New York Albany

3.8%

University of California - San Diego

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

San Francisco State University

3.8%

University of Utah

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

Campbell University

3.8%
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Majors

Biology

15.8%

Pharmacy

9.8%

Nursing

9.3%

Health Care Administration

7.1%

Microbiology

6.6%

Medicine

6.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.5%

Pharmacology

4.9%

Business

4.9%

Physiology And Anatomy

4.4%

Psychology

3.8%

Public Health

3.8%

Neuroscience

3.3%

Chemistry

3.3%

Medical Technician

2.2%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.2%

Management

1.6%

Project Management

1.6%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.6%

Medical Clinical Sciences

1.6%
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Degrees

Masters

28.2%

Doctorate

28.2%

Bachelors

27.4%

Other

10.9%

Certificate

4.4%

Associate

0.8%
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Real Clinical Research Scientist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Research Senior Medical Scientist Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Feb 06, 2015 $210,000
Clinical Research SR. Medical Scientist Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Jul 04, 2016 $205,000
Clinical Cardiovascular Research Scientist University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Cleveland, OH May 01, 2014 $150,000
Clinical Research Scientist Klein Management Systems, Inc. Florham Park, NJ Dec 28, 2009 $135,655
Clinical Research Scientist Eisai Inc. Woodcliff Lake, NJ May 25, 2016 $133,900
Clinical Research Scientist Celgene Corporation Warren, NJ Oct 03, 2011 $130,000
Clinical Research Scientist Celgene Corporation Warren, NJ Oct 01, 2012 $130,000
Principal Clinical Research Scientist-Opthalmolo Allergan Sales, LLC Irvine, CA Oct 03, 2011 $120,000
Clinical Research Scientist Purdue Pharma L.P. Stamford, CT Nov 01, 2009 $115,134
Research Scientist-Clinical Lilly USA, LLC Indianapolis, IN Mar 30, 2011 $111,818
Research Scientist-Clinical Lilly USA, LLC Indianapolis, IN Mar 28, 2011 $111,818
Clinical Research Scientist Allergy and Asthma Research Center, P.A. San Antonio, TX Oct 01, 2011 $103,307
Clinical Research Scientist Klinera Global Services, Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 01, 2013 $81,000
Clinical Research Scientist Henderson Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine PLLC Henderson, NC Dec 27, 2012 $79,306
Clinical Research Scientist Henderson Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine PLLC Henderson, NC Dec 26, 2015 $79,306
Clinical Research Scientist Doterra International, Inc. Pleasant Grove, UT Sep 13, 2016 $78,000
Clinical Research Scientist Doterra International, LLC Pleasant Grove, UT Sep 13, 2016 $78,000
Clinical Research Scientist Neurobehavioral Research, Inc. Cedarhurst, NY Oct 01, 2014 $77,500
Clinical Research Scientist Neurobehavioral Research, Inc. Cedarhurst, NY Nov 01, 2011 $64,979
Clinical Research Scientist Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Oklahoma City, OK Mar 18, 2014 $63,000 -
$67,000
Clinical Research Scientist Apicore, LLC Somerset, NJ Sep 14, 2011 $62,920
Clinical Research Scientist Procure Professionals, Inc. Carlstadt, NJ May 30, 2013 $62,088
Clinical Research Scientist Oceanfront Urgent and Primary Care Rancho Palos Verdes, CA Jun 01, 2016 $60,715
Clinical Research Scientist Omega Research Consultants LLC DeBary, FL Jun 01, 2013 $60,000
Clinical Research Scientist Alpha Clinical Systems, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 09, 2015 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Research Scientist

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  1. Protocols
  2. Clinical Trial
  3. Regulatory Documents
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  • Generated novel experimental protocols and provided significant scientific contributions as publications and supervised a team of 4 junior scientists and technicians.
  • Coordinated, implemented and managed clinical trial activities related to operation of the AastromReplicell System prototype at clinical trial sites.
  • Collect and review regulatory documents.
  • Managed one phase II melanoma, one phase II breast cancer and two phase II cervical trials.
  • Reviewed safety data with Clinical Research Physician as needed.

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