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Working As A Clinical Trials Associate

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

  • $72,265

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Trials Associate 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 Trials Associate

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 3.5 years
Top Employers Before
Volunteer 3.2%
Consultant 3.2%
Internship 3.2%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.1%
Associate 4.7%
Specialist 2.8%

Clinical Trials Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

71.5%

Male

25.7%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

76.7%

Asian

10.7%

Hispanic or Latino

9.2%

Unknown

2.3%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

29.0%

French

9.7%

Arabic

9.7%

Mandarin

6.5%

Hindi

6.5%

Swedish

3.2%

Chinese

3.2%

Vietnamese

3.2%

Greek

3.2%

Turkish

3.2%

Japanese

3.2%

Amharic

3.2%

Urdu

3.2%

Polish

3.2%

Cantonese

3.2%

Gujarati

3.2%

Armenian

3.2%
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Clinical Trials Associate Education

Schools

Durham Technical Community College

11.7%

University of Phoenix

8.3%

University of California - San Diego

6.7%

Saint Joseph's University

5.0%

Southern Connecticut State University

5.0%

Drexel University

5.0%

Kaplan University

5.0%

Walden University

5.0%

Irvine Valley College

5.0%

Capella University

5.0%

George Washington University

5.0%

Quinnipiac University

5.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.0%

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

James Madison University

3.3%

Temple University

3.3%

Albertus Magnus College

3.3%

Wake Forest University

3.3%

Community College of the Air Force

3.3%
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Majors

Business

15.4%

Health Care Administration

15.4%

Biology

10.7%

Nursing

7.9%

Pharmacy

7.5%

Psychology

7.5%

Law

7.0%

Public Health

3.7%

Project Management

3.3%

Biotechnology

2.8%

Management

2.3%

Health Sciences And Services

2.3%

Medicine

2.3%

Biomedical Engineering

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Medical Assisting Services

1.9%

Accounting

1.9%

Computer Science

1.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.4%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

39.2%

Masters

24.4%

Other

13.0%

Doctorate

9.0%

Associate

8.4%

Certificate

5.7%

License

0.3%
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Real Clinical Trials Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Clinical Trial Mangement Associate Populus Group LLC Foster City, CA Jun 09, 2016 $127,307
Senior Clinical Trial Management Associate-HIV Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Nov 19, 2015 $119,038
Clinical Trial Associate Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 18, 2016 $97,577
Associate Clinical Trial Leader Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Florham Park, NJ Oct 01, 2014 $96,189
Associate Clinical Trial Leader Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Florham Park, NJ Mar 19, 2012 $93,000
Associate Clinical Trial Leader Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation East Hanover, NJ Aug 06, 2014 $90,000
Senior Clinical Trial Disclosure Associate Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Nov 04, 2016 $85,000 -
$91,000
Clinical Trial Associate Smith Hanley Consulting Group, LLC South San Francisco, CA Nov 19, 2012 $83,480
Clinical Trials Associate Solta Medical, Inc. Hayward, CA May 03, 2010 $80,000
Clinical Trial Associate Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. Ardsley, NY Jun 27, 2016 $75,000
Senior Clinical Trial Management Associate-Hiv Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Mar 25, 2013 $72,530 -
$91,727
Clinical Trial Disclosure Associate Abbvie Inc. North Chicago, IL Jul 25, 2014 $72,000
Senior Clinical Trial Management Associate Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Jul 12, 2015 $71,822 -
$105,084
Clinical Trial Associate Precept Technology, L.C. Jersey City, NJ Aug 27, 2012 $66,560
Clinical Trial Associate Alkermes, Inc. Waltham, MA Apr 20, 2015 $65,000 -
$70,000
Associate, Clinical Trial Management Inventiv Health Clinical SRS, LLC Columbus, IN Dec 02, 2013 $65,000
Senior Clinical Trial Management Associate, HBV Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City, CA Apr 04, 2013 $53,310 -
$110,946
Clinical Trials Research Associate Data Management The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Oct 07, 2014 $48,547
Clinical Trials Research Associate Data Management The University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Jul 10, 2014 $48,547
Clinical Trial Documents Associate Ophthalmic Research Associates, Inc. Andover, MA Sep 16, 2014 $45,000
Clinical Trial Associate TKL Research Inc. Rochelle Park, NJ May 29, 2012 $44,871

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Top Skills for A Clinical Trials Associate

RegulatoryDocumentsStudyProtocolIRBFDACROTMFCrasStudyDocumentsSafetyReportsProceduresCRFInvestigatorMeetingsInvestigativeSitesStudySitesCtmsMeetingMinutesDataEntryStudyStart-UpAuditOncology

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Top Clinical Trials Associate Skills

  1. Regulatory Documents
  2. Study Protocol
  3. IRB
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed regulatory documents from participating clinical trial sites.
  • Assisted with Document Management activities, including editing study protocols and amendments.
  • Communicate and support field monitors, IRBs and outside vendors as to study issues and updates.
  • Maintain regulatory documents for FDA and research sponsor
  • Lead team of 10+ Clinical Trials Associates (CTAs) supporting studies across multiple therapeutic areas.

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