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Working As A Clinical Trial 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

  • $112,043

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Trial 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 Trial 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
Top Employers Before
Consultant 2.3%
Top Employers After
Director 5.1%
Manager 4.0%

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Clinical Trial Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

68.1%

Male

28.8%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

11.7%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.9%

German

10.7%

French

10.7%

Arabic

7.1%

Irish

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Cantonese

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Norwegian

3.6%

Persian

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Polish

3.6%
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Clinical Trial Manager Education

Schools

George Washington University

9.5%

Temple University

8.6%

University of Phoenix

7.6%

Walden University

6.7%

Villanova University

5.7%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

5.7%

University of Rochester

4.8%

Boston University

4.8%

Drexel University

4.8%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.8%

Northeastern University

4.8%

Widener University

3.8%

Vanderbilt University

3.8%

Saint Joseph's University

3.8%

East Carolina University

3.8%

Johns Hopkins University

3.8%

Centenary College

3.8%

Indiana Wesleyan University

3.8%

University of Connecticut

2.9%

University of Florida

2.9%
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Majors

Nursing

16.0%

Business

15.4%

Biology

13.3%

Health Care Administration

10.6%

Psychology

6.3%

Public Health

5.1%

Management

4.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.6%

Pharmacy

3.6%

Project Management

3.0%

Medicine

2.7%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.1%

Microbiology

2.1%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.8%

Marketing

1.8%

Chemistry

1.5%

Communication

1.5%

Finance

1.5%

Law

1.5%

Accounting

1.5%
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Degrees

Masters

34.8%

Bachelors

34.2%

Other

11.5%

Doctorate

10.7%

Certificate

4.9%

Associate

3.1%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Clinical Trial Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Trial Manager Integrated Resources, Inc. Edison, NJ Jun 01, 2016 $174,450
Clinical Trials Manager Immunexpress Inc. Seattle, WA Jan 01, 2016 $164,000
Clinical Trials Manager Immunexpress Inc. Seattle, WA Jan 01, 2014 $162,469
Senior Clinical Trial Manager Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Mar 14, 2016 $135,000
Senior Clinical Trials Manager Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Mar 20, 2014 $132,015
Clinical Trial Manager III Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jun 11, 2012 $130,000
Senior Clinical Trials Manager Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jun 25, 2016 $129,900 -
$137,000
Clinical Trial Operations Manager Smith Hanley Consulting Group, LLC Bridgewater, NJ Apr 25, 2011 $129,394
SR. Clinical Trials Manager Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Nov 22, 2016 $129,072
Clinical Trial Head Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 06, 2013 $129,032
Clinical Trial Conduct Manager West Coast Clinical Trials, LLC Cypress, CA Jul 10, 2015 $128,066
Clinical Trial Leader II Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jun 01, 2011 $126,670
Clinical Trial Manager Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Novato, CA May 12, 2016 $113,100 -
$130,000
Clinical Trial Leader, Oncology Clinical Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Nov 28, 2012 $111,220
Clinical Trial Manager Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jul 26, 2016 $110,619
Regional Clinical Trial Manager Icon Clinical Research LLC New York, NY Nov 11, 2016 $110,395
Clinical Trials Project Manager Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, WA Oct 01, 2014 $110,004
Clinical Trial Manager Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. Harrison, NJ Aug 12, 2013 $110,000
Clinical Trial Manager Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC New York, NY Aug 10, 2015 $110,000 -
$130,000
Clinical Trials Project Manager Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Seattle, WA May 22, 2015 $109,637
Clinical Trial Manager-Oncology Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 02, 2013 $96,491 -
$120,000
Clinical Trial Leader Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 15, 2014 $96,000
Senior Clinical Trials Manager Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Oct 05, 2015 $93,600 -
$120,000
Trial Manager Merck & Co., Inc. Rahway, NJ Apr 18, 2011 $92,518
Manager, Clinical Trials Medstar Health Research Institute Washington, DC May 02, 2014 $91,229

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  1. Protocol Development
  2. Regulatory Documents
  3. CRO
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  • Provide input regarding protocol development and subsequent amendments.
  • Provide oversight and management of regulatory documents.
  • Assumed responsibility for organizing and conducting CRO/vendor investigator/site staff training, and investigator meetings as needed.
  • Traveled to various locations to train pathologists and other staff on our laboratory procedures and case management methodologies.
  • Manage assigned independent consultants and employee CRAs regarding project-related issues.

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