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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

  • $96,972

    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
Study Director 3.4 years
Clinical Associate 2.6 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Study Manager
Internship 3.2%
Consultant 2.6%
Associate 2.6%
Top Careers After Clinical Study Manager
Consultant 4.9%
Manager 3.3%
Director 2.9%

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Clinical Study Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

59.3%

Male

36.1%

Unknown

4.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Asian

12.9%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

35.7%

French

17.9%

German

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Italian

7.1%

Russian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.6%

Cantonese

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Gujarati

3.6%

Polish

3.6%

Korean

3.6%
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Clinical Study Manager Education

Schools

Temple University

11.7%

University of Phoenix

10.0%

University of Delaware

8.3%

George Washington University

5.0%

University of South Florida

5.0%

Boston University

5.0%

Drexel University

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

University of Missouri - Columbia

5.0%

West Virginia University

5.0%

Villanova University

5.0%

University of Connecticut

3.3%

Marshall University

3.3%

Campbell University

3.3%

Illinois State University

3.3%

University of Florida

3.3%

University of California - Santa Cruz

3.3%

University of Kentucky

3.3%

Doane College

3.3%

Wake Forest University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

13.3%

Health Care Administration

9.7%

Nursing

9.2%

Biology

8.7%

Psychology

8.7%

Public Health

5.6%

Management

5.6%

Microbiology

4.1%

Pharmacy

4.1%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

4.1%

Chemistry

4.1%

Education

3.6%

Project Management

3.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.6%

Clinical Psychology

2.6%

Statistics

2.1%

Finance

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%

Marketing

2.1%

Law

2.1%
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Degrees

Masters

34.1%

Bachelors

30.4%

Other

13.7%

Doctorate

11.4%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

0.7%
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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 Apr 01, 2016 $135,655
Clinical Study Manager Randstad Professionals Us, LP Northbrook, IL Jul 20, 2015 $135,655
Clinical Study Manager Smith Hanley Consulting Group, LLC Collegeville, PA Sep 07, 2012 $135,655
Study Manager Smith Hanley Consulting Group LLC Collegeville, PA Mar 09, 2011 $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. Protocol Development
  2. Clinical Study Reports
  3. Regulatory Documents
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  • Review and provide input for protocol development.
  • Reviewed clinical study reports for accuracy.
  • Reviewed and approved country and site-specific regulatory documents and informed consent documents.
  • Maintained Master Clinical Study Schedule and communicated with clients regarding clinical trial planning, implementation and completion.
  • Generated clinically related, schedule and budgetary reports (including developing monthly estimates of external grants and CRO/vendor accruals).

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