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Working As A Clinical Trial Coordinator

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

  • $49,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Trial Coordinator 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 Trial Coordinator

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
Research Nurse 3.4 years
Study Coordinator 2.8 years
Clinical Associate 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Trial Coordinator
Internship 7.0%
Nurse 2.3%
Top Careers After Clinical Trial Coordinator
Associate 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$49,000
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$36,000
Min 10%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
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$49,000
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$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$49,000
Median 50%
$68,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
inVentiv Health
Highest Paying City
Alameda, CA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Clinical Trial Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Trial Coordinator in the United States is $49,901 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $68,000.

Real Clinical Trial Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Trial Coordinator Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Miami, FL Apr 01, 2014 $56,160
Clinical Trial Coordinator II Covidien LP San Jose, CA Aug 25, 2013 $55,411
Ophthalmic Technician/Clinical Trials Coordinato Jonathan H. Talamo Md PC Waltham, MA Aug 08, 2011 $55,411
Clinical Trial Coordinator II Penumbra, Inc. Alameda, CA Sep 17, 2014 $53,664 -
$68,682
Clinical Trial Coordinator Inventiv Health Clinical SRE, LLC Miami, FL Jun 10, 2014 $52,000
Clinical Trial Coordinator Dublin Hematology Oncology Care, P.C. Dublin, GA Oct 03, 2011 $51,758
Clinical Trials Research Coordinator II Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN Jul 01, 2015 $48,000
Clinical Trials Coordinator John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Santa Monica, CA Sep 27, 2011 $45,810
Research Project and Clinical Trial Coordinator Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL Jan 14, 2014 $45,142
Research Project and Clinical Trial Coordinator Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL Jan 20, 2014 $45,142
Research Project and Clinical Trial Coordinator Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL Feb 03, 2014 $45,142
Research Project & Clinical Trial Coordinator Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL Aug 01, 2013 $45,142
Clinical Trial Safety Coordinator Amarex Clinical Research LLC Germantown, MD Oct 01, 2012 $43,050
Clinical Trial Coordinator Kelly Services, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Aug 16, 2016 $41,740
Clinical Trials Coordinator Northwest Clinical Research Center Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 01, 2012 $38,000 -
$60,100

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Top Skills for A Clinical Trial Coordinator

  1. Study Protocol
  2. Clinical Trials
  3. Regulatory Documents
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Screened and recruited participants and performed a wide variety of research assessments according to a variety of different study protocols.
  • Sourced and procured specialized medical equipment and supplies required for clinical trials.
  • Communicated with domestic/international coordinators and managers for study progress of regulatory documents received in-house prior to and ongoing site participation.
  • Updated and maintained IRB certification for Clinical Centers/Core Laboratories.
  • Experience in GCP-regulated environment protocols, FDA submissions and other Regulatory Agencies.

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  1. Massachusetts
  2. Connecticut
  3. New Hampshire
  4. New Jersey
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Delaware
  7. Nevada
  8. California
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Clinical Trial Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

65.3%

Male

21.2%

Unknown

13.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.2%

Hispanic or Latino

18.0%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

10.3%

Unknown

3.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.3%

Portuguese

10.9%

French

5.5%

Russian

3.6%

Cantonese

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Turkish

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Tigrinya

1.8%

Bosnian

1.8%

Amharic

1.8%

Serbian

1.8%

Carrier

1.8%

Ukrainian

1.8%

Italian

1.8%

Croatian

1.8%
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Clinical Trial Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.2%

Boston University

5.8%

Capella University

5.8%

Northeastern University

5.8%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5.8%

New York University

5.0%

Johns Hopkins University

5.0%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

4.2%

State University of New York Buffalo

4.2%

Nova Southeastern University

4.2%

Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)

4.2%

Walden University

4.2%

University of Florida

4.2%

University of Kentucky

4.2%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

University of California - San Diego

4.2%

Liberty University

4.2%

Thomas Jefferson University

4.2%

University of South Florida

3.3%

Villanova University

3.3%
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Majors

Nursing

20.1%

Business

13.8%

Psychology

9.1%

Health Care Administration

8.9%

Biology

7.9%

Public Health

6.7%

Pharmacy

4.9%

Medicine

3.4%

Medical Technician

3.0%

Medical Assisting Services

2.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.6%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.4%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.0%

Microbiology

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

Clinical Psychology

2.0%

Communication

1.8%

Law

1.8%

Physician Assistant

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.1%

Masters

30.7%

Other

13.8%

Associate

8.7%

Doctorate

6.6%

Certificate

5.6%

Diploma

1.2%

License

0.4%
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