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Working As A Clinical Research Specialist

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

  • $74,680

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Research Specialist 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 Specialist

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
Study Coordinator 2.7 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 5.3%
Top Employers After
Consultant 3.3%
Specialist 2.5%

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Clinical Research Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

67.4%

Male

29.4%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

57.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

10.7%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Portuguese

7.1%

Chinese

7.1%

Hindi

7.1%

Korean

7.1%

Khmer

3.6%

German

3.6%

French

3.6%

Gujarati

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%
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Clinical Research Specialist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.6%

Ball State University

8.6%

Benedictine University

7.1%

Drexel University

5.7%

Northeastern University

5.7%

University of Delaware

5.7%

Thomas Jefferson University

5.7%

University of Pennsylvania

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

University of California - San Diego

4.3%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.3%

Harvard University

4.3%

Ohio State University

4.3%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.3%

Kent State University

4.3%

Tufts University School of Medicine

4.3%

Kean University

4.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

4.3%

University of Nevada - Reno

2.9%

Howard University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

13.6%

Nursing

13.6%

Biology

12.1%

Health Care Administration

10.2%

Public Health

8.3%

Psychology

6.8%

Medicine

4.5%

Pharmacy

4.2%

Physiology And Anatomy

3.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.0%

Microbiology

2.7%

Medical Assisting Services

2.7%

Project Management

2.3%

Neuroscience

2.3%

Kinesiology

1.9%

Management

1.9%

Public Administration

1.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.5%

Biomedical Engineering

1.5%

Exercise Physiology

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

37.1%

Bachelors

33.2%

Other

11.3%

Doctorate

7.1%

Certificate

5.3%

Associate

3.7%

Diploma

2.4%
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Real Clinical Research Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Research Specialist Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine Washington, DC Sep 01, 2014 $150,494
Principal Clinical Research Specialist Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Oct 05, 2014 $114,079
Principal Clinical Research Specialist Medtronic, Inc. Duluth, MN Oct 01, 2011 $109,650
SR. Biopharma Clinical Research Account Specialist Medtronic, Inc. Milpitas, CA May 28, 2015 $105,577
SR. Biopharma Clinical Research Account Specialist Medtronic, Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 04, 2015 $105,577
Principal Clinical Research Specialist Medtronic, Inc. South Jordan, UT Jul 10, 2015 $105,146
Senior Clinical Research Specialist Medtronic, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Oct 26, 2012 $104,250
Clinical Research Specialist Medtronic, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Oct 26, 2012 $104,250
Senior Clinical Research Specialist American Medical Systems, Inc. Minnetonka, MN Jul 26, 2012 $103,334
Clinical Specialist-Speech Pathology Research New York University Hospitals Center New York, NY Jul 17, 2015 $100,000
ICU Clinical Research Specialist Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH Feb 14, 2013 $100,000
Clinical Research Specialist Quintiles, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 19, 2014 $95,700
Clinical Laboratory Research Specialist Response Genetics Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 01, 2011 $78,000
Advanced Clinical Research Specialist Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Jul 01, 2011 $77,365
Clinical Research Specialist Quintiles, Inc. Troy, MI Sep 17, 2011 $77,043 -
$87,470
Clinical Research Specialist Maimonides Medical Center New York, NY Mar 30, 2010 $75,000
Clinical Research Specialist Maimonides Medical Center New York, NY Dec 22, 2010 $75,000
Clinical Research Specialist/Biomedical ENG. Medtronic, Inc. Santa Rosa, CA Oct 26, 2009 $72,800 -
$78,000
Social/Clinical Research Specialist North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Sep 11, 2015 $72,000
Social/Clinical Research Specialist North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC Jan 15, 2016 $72,000
Clinical Research Specialist II Smithhanleyconsultinggroupllc, A Div. of Inventiv Upper Gwynedd, PA Nov 29, 2010 $59,584 -
$87,654
Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Jun 28, 2012 $58,238
Clinical Research Specialist The Good Samaritan Hospital of Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati, OH Feb 05, 2016 $57,221
Research Specialist-Clinical University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Jan 10, 2014 $57,018
Clinical Research Specialist Medtronic, Inc. Mounds View, MN Dec 15, 2014 $56,700 -
$83,500
Clinical Research Specialist The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Mar 01, 2012 $55,390
Research Specialist-Clinical University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Feb 01, 2012 $55,390

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  1. Regulatory Documents
  2. Study Protocol
  3. Clinical Trials
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  • Oversee the management of clinical essential documents and critical regulatory documents for assigned projects/studies.
  • Acted as resource person for clinical issues pertaining to the study protocol and study medication e.g.
  • Utilized experience in psychiatric, psychological, and clinical trials research to help develop protocol content and increase study design feasibility.
  • Contributed to organizing investigator meetings and presented the Phase III basal cell carcinoma protocol to investigative group.
  • Participate on compliance committees that establish departmental and institutional standard operating procedures and policies.

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