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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

  • $69,138

    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 Demographics

Gender

Female

59.6%

Male

37.3%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

51.5%

Asian

18.1%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

6.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.9%

French

7.4%

Chinese

7.4%

Arabic

7.4%

Mandarin

5.9%

Japanese

5.9%

Hindi

4.4%

Korean

4.4%

Russian

4.4%

Bengali

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Hebrew

2.9%

Urdu

2.9%

Swahili

1.5%

Telugu

1.5%

Georgian

1.5%

Lithuanian

1.5%

Tamil

1.5%

Filipino

1.5%

Greek

1.5%
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Clinical Researcher Education

Schools

Johns Hopkins University

7.0%

New York University

7.0%

University of Pittsburgh -

7.0%

University of California - Irvine

7.0%

Emory University

5.6%

Drexel University

5.6%

Columbia University

5.6%

Case Western Reserve University

5.6%

University of Cincinnati

5.6%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.2%

Boston College

4.2%

American University

4.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.2%

Rutgers University-Newark

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.2%

Chicago School of Professional Psychology

4.2%

University of Iowa

4.2%

Yale University

4.2%

Syracuse University

2.8%

University of Nevada - Reno

2.8%
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Majors

Nursing

14.2%

Medicine

9.2%

Biology

8.7%

Public Health

8.3%

Business

8.3%

Clinical Psychology

6.4%

Psychology

5.5%

Physiology And Anatomy

4.1%

Pharmacy

4.1%

Biomedical Engineering

4.1%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.7%

Neuroscience

3.2%

Education

2.8%

Microbiology

2.3%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.3%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.3%

Medical Technician

2.3%

Pharmacology

2.3%

Kinesiology

1.8%
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Degrees

Masters

33.2%

Bachelors

26.6%

Doctorate

16.9%

Other

15.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

2.6%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%
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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 Outcomes Researcher City Medical of Upper East Side PLLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $55,000
Clinical Researcher OSR Solutions, Inc. South Plainfield, NJ Dec 31, 2009 $55,000
Hematology & Medical Oncology Clinical & Research Emory University Atlanta, GA Jul 01, 2011 $54,597

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  1. Clinical Trials
  2. IRB
  3. Safety
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  • Participated in OR clinical trials and assisted in Research Studies conducted by Anesthesiology and Surgical Departments.
  • Supported IRB applications and analyzed collected data.
  • Demonstrated leadership by organizing and coordinating company activities that promoted an effective safety culture in the workplace.
  • Handled chart analysis by maintaining stroke patient database from initial input through continued treatment.
  • Performed initiation and study start-up visits.

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