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Working As A Clinical Researcher

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

  • $47,438

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Researcher 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 Researcher

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 Researcher Career Paths

Clinical Researcher
Senior Clinical Research Associate Clinical Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Research Consultant Adjunct Faculty Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Research Consultant Data Analyst Clinical Data Manager
Clinical Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Director Of Clinical Operations Regional Director Service Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Manager Clinical Trial Manager
Clinical Study Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Home Health Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Trial Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Consultant Physician Clinical Assistant
Clinical Trials Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Clinical Director Respiratory Therapist Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Trials Specialist
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Service Director Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Operations Manager Human Resources Manager
Director Of Human Resources
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Program Director Service Director
Director Of Pharmacist
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Faculty Clinical Pharmacist
Manager Of Clinical Services
9 Yearsyrs
Associate Director Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Director Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Director Chief Executive Officer Managing Partner
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Technician Specialist Project Manager Construction Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Clinical Research Associate Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Associate Director Program Director General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Director Of Clinical Operations Chief Executive Officer Management Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Clinical Scientist 3.5 years
Clinical Associate 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 6.9%
Volunteer 3.9%
Director 3.3%
Fellow 2.9%
Manager 2.5%
Instructor 2.5%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.2%
Director 4.9%
Internship 4.5%
Volunteer 4.4%
Manager 3.4%

Clinical Researcher Demographics

Gender

Female

62.9%

Male

32.9%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

73.3%

Asian

13.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Unknown

3.1%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.4%

French

8.7%

Mandarin

6.1%

Chinese

6.1%

Russian

5.2%

Hindi

4.3%

Korean

4.3%

Arabic

4.3%

Portuguese

3.5%

Japanese

3.5%

German

2.6%

Urdu

2.6%

Hebrew

1.7%

Bengali

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Italian

1.7%

Polish

1.7%

Swahili

0.9%

Telugu

0.9%

Gujarati

0.9%
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Clinical Researcher Education

Schools

Johns Hopkins University

9.7%

Walden University

6.7%

University of California - San Diego

6.7%

University of California - Irvine

6.1%

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

5.5%

George Washington University

5.5%

University of Phoenix

5.5%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.5%

Columbia University

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

University of Pennsylvania

4.2%

New York University

4.2%

University of Kentucky

4.2%

Emory University

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

University of Cincinnati

3.6%

Northwestern University

3.6%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.6%

Arizona State University

3.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.6%
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Majors

Nursing

17.5%

Business

11.8%

Biology

9.0%

Health Care Administration

8.5%

Medicine

6.8%

Pharmacy

6.4%

Public Health

6.2%

Psychology

4.9%

Clinical Psychology

4.2%

Physiology And Anatomy

3.7%

Microbiology

2.5%

Management

2.3%

Education

2.2%

Biomedical Engineering

2.2%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.1%

Pharmacology

2.1%

Veterinary Science

1.9%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.9%

Neuroscience

1.9%

Medical Technician

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

34.6%

Bachelors

25.9%

Other

15.9%

Doctorate

15.3%

Certificate

4.2%

Associate

3.1%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Real Clinical Researcher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Researcher St. Jude Medical, Implantable Electronic Systems Division Selma, CA Nov 30, 2015 $99,782
Senior Clinical Researcher The Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute San Francisco, CA Jul 07, 2015 $86,905
Clinical Informatics Research Data Warehouse Syste The University of Texas Health Science Center at H Houston, TX Mar 24, 2014 $85,000
Cardiovascular Imaging Clinical Research Specialis Piedmont Healthcare Atlanta, GA Oct 07, 2013 $84,000 -
$141,000
Clinical Research Newport Medical Instruments, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Oct 11, 2011 $82,856
Clinical Research QA Sabeen Najam Md, P.A. Baytown, TX Feb 05, 2016 $82,722
Clinical Researcher Newport Medical Instruments, Inc. Costa Mesa, CA Sep 15, 2010 $80,443
Clinical Researcher OSR Holding Corp South Plainfield, NJ Jun 29, 2010 $80,000
Clinical Researcher St. Jude Medical, Cardiac Rhythm MGMT Div Selma, CA Nov 11, 2009 $79,453
Clinical Researcher Shahin Etemadi D.D.S., M.S.D., A Professional Corp Everett, WA Jan 01, 2010 $79,369
Clinical Researcher Lakeside Endodontics Everett, WA Jan 01, 2010 $79,369
Clinical Researcher Shahin Etemadi DDS, MSD A Professional Corporatin Everett, WA Jan 01, 2010 $79,369
Clinical Researcher Shahin Etemadi DDS, MSD A Professional Corporation Everett, WA Jan 01, 2010 $79,369
Clinical Resercher Shahin Etemadi DDS MSD A Professional Corporation Everett, WA Sep 01, 2010 $79,369
Senior Biomedical & Clinical Researcher Neurowave Systems Inc. Cleveland Heights, OH Mar 01, 2013 $74,000
Clinical Research Coording New York Genome Center New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $68,000
Clinical Researcher St. Jude Medical, Cardiac Rhythm MGMT Div Selma, CA Nov 30, 2009 $67,500
Clinical Researcher Chandra Diagnostic Cardiology, Ltd. Hazel Crest, IL Mar 20, 2013 $64,113
Clinical Researcher-Biostatistician Infoquest Consulting Group, Inc. Monmouth Junction, NJ Sep 15, 2014 $63,000
Clinical Researcher-Biostatistician Infoquest Consulting Group, Inc. Monmouth Junction, NJ Sep 11, 2014 $63,000
Clinical Researcher Shahin Etemadi DDS MSD, PC Everett, WA Jan 01, 2013 $62,837
Clinical Researcher Fit Forever Physical Therapy Inc. Grand Terrace, CA Oct 01, 2009 $62,610
Health Care Clinical Research Central Michigan Rehabilitation LLC Mount Pleasant, MI Jun 27, 2012 $58,000
Clinical Researcher Provision Health Partners, LLC Knoxville, TN Sep 14, 2013 $57,866
Clinical Research Associcate Central States Research Center Inc. Oakland, NE May 15, 2011 $56,000
Clinical Research Scholar Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Jul 01, 2010 $55,350
Clinical Researcher OSR Solutions, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Dec 31, 2009 $55,000
Clinical Outcomes Researcher City Medical of Upper East Side PLLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $55,000
Hematology & Medical Oncology Clinical & Research Emory University Atlanta, GA Jul 01, 2011 $54,597

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Top Skills for A Clinical Researcher

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Top Clinical Researcher Skills

  1. Clinical Trials
  2. Study Protocols
  3. Regulatory Documents
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided clinical trials study status at team meetings.
  • Documented patient history and medication lists with precise adherence to study protocols.
  • Managed communications between investigative sites, sponsor and project team by reviewing Informed Consent Forms, and obtaining regulatory documents.
  • Upgraded procedures and processes for research and commercial calibrated laboratory equipment to current regulatory standards.
  • Administered and monitored clinical research studies for FDA compliance for major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

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