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Working As A Clinical Study 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

  • $89,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Study 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 Study 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
Clinical Scientist 3.3 years
Study Coordinator 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Study Manager
Internship 2.5%
Consultant 2.3%
Top Careers After Clinical Study Manager
Consultant 4.4%
Manager 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$89,000
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$55,000
Min 10%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Median 50%
$145,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Randstad Professionals US LP
Highest Paying City
South San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
2.5 years
How much does a Clinical Study Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Study Manager in the United States is $90,008 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $55,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $145,000.

Real Clinical Study Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Study Manager Inventiv Health Clinical SRE LLC Cambridge, MA Sep 11, 2015 $147,680
Clinical Study Manager Randstad Professionals Us, LP Northbrook, IL Aug 15, 2016 $146,090
Study Manager On Assignment, Inc. Indianapolis, IN Sep 10, 2015 $145,600
Clinical Study Manager Randstad Professionals Us, LP Northbrook, IL Jul 20, 2015 $135,655
Clinical Study Manager Randstad Professionals Us, LP Northbrook, IL Apr 01, 2016 $135,655
Study Manager Smith Hanley Consulting Group LLC Collegeville, PA Mar 09, 2011 $135,655
Clinical Study Manager Smith Hanley Consulting Group, LLC Collegeville, PA Sep 07, 2012 $135,655
Clinical Study Manager Smith Hanley Consulting Group, LLC Edison, NJ Oct 31, 2011 $135,200
Study Manager-Paritosh Lamba Inventiv Health Clinical, LLC Davie, FL Jul 18, 2016 $130,000
Manager, Study Endpoints Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 09, 2016 $110,000
Senior Clinical Study Manager, Global Clinical Operations Eisai, Inc. Woodcliff Lake, NJ Sep 19, 2016 $97,552 -
$128,000
Senior Clinical Study Manager Takeda Global Research & Development Center, Inc. Deerfield, IL Jul 01, 2013 $95,000 -
$105,000
Clinical Study Manager Integrated Resources, Inc. Woodcliff Lake, NJ Feb 05, 2016 $93,915
Clinical Study Manager Alcon Research, Ltd. Fort Worth, TX Aug 24, 2012 $81,000 -
$101,000
Clinical Study Manager Alcon Research, Ltd. Fort Worth, TX Aug 24, 2009 $81,000 -
$91,000
Study Abroad and Exchange Manager State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Oct 20, 2016 $74,000
Study Abroad and Exchange Manager (SL State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY Mar 24, 2016 $70,000 -
$73,026
Usability Studies Manager OSF Healthcare System Peoria, IL Feb 01, 2015 $65,000

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Top Skills for A Clinical Study Manager

  1. Study Protocol
  2. Clinical Trials
  3. Regulatory Documents
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  • Monitored interview quality, provided training and guidance and performed other quality control duties to ensure interviewer compliance with study protocol.
  • Ensured timely and cost-effective implementation of clinical trials and ascertain proper inclusion of appendices for study reports.
  • Reviewed and approved country and site-specific regulatory documents and informed consent documents.
  • Managed key communications to drive regulatory, safety, and protocol-related activities across internal and external clinical development functions.
  • Extracted data and medical information from medical records and laboratory reports and entered respective data into CRF database.

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Top 10 Best States for Clinical Study Managers

  1. Massachusetts
  2. New Jersey
  3. California
  4. Connecticut
  5. Delaware
  6. Washington
  7. North Carolina
  8. District of Columbia
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Clinical Study Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

54.9%

Male

30.4%

Unknown

14.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Asian

10.6%

Black or African American

10.4%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

French

22.2%

German

5.6%

Mandarin

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Russian

2.8%

Portuguese

2.8%

Cantonese

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Gujarati

2.8%

Polish

2.8%

Korean

2.8%
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Clinical Study Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

Temple University

9.2%

Boston University

7.1%

Drexel University

7.1%

George Washington University

7.1%

Villanova University

6.1%

University of Connecticut

4.1%

New York University

4.1%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.1%

Florida International University

4.1%

Johns Hopkins University

4.1%

Walden University

4.1%

Eastern Michigan University

3.1%

University of California - Berkeley

3.1%

Illinois State University

3.1%

Monmouth University

3.1%

University of South Florida

3.1%

University of Washington

3.1%

State University of New York Buffalo

3.1%

Campbell University

3.1%
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Majors

Business

15.5%

Biology

11.0%

Nursing

10.7%

Health Care Administration

9.0%

Psychology

7.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

4.8%

Public Health

4.5%

Pharmacy

4.2%

Management

3.9%

Project Management

3.9%

Microbiology

3.3%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.0%

Chemistry

2.7%

Health Sciences And Services

2.7%

Education

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Clinical Psychology

2.4%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%

Social Work

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

36.3%

Masters

33.5%

Other

11.6%

Doctorate

8.8%

Certificate

4.5%

Associate

4.3%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.2%
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