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Working As A Clinical Trials Specialist

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

  • $120,160

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Trials Specialist 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 Specialist

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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Clinical Trials Specialist Demographics

Gender

Female

72.4%

Male

24.9%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

77.6%

Asian

11.4%

Hispanic or Latino

8.3%

Unknown

1.8%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

34.5%

French

10.3%

Chinese

6.9%

Japanese

6.9%

Russian

6.9%

Korean

6.9%

Italian

6.9%

Hungarian

3.4%

Czech

3.4%

Albanian

3.4%

Gujarati

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Mandarin

3.4%
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Clinical Trials Specialist Education

Schools

Durham Technical Community College

9.3%

Northeastern University

9.3%

Walden University

9.3%

Temple University

8.0%

University of California - San Diego

5.3%

Broward College

5.3%

George Washington University

5.3%

Florida International University

4.0%

Widener University

4.0%

Emory University

4.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.0%

Pennsylvania State University

4.0%

East Carolina University

4.0%

Johns Hopkins University

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

University of Phoenix

4.0%

Ashford University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

2.7%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

2.7%

University of Memphis

2.7%
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Majors

Business

12.8%

Health Care Administration

11.1%

Biology

10.2%

Psychology

9.8%

Nursing

8.1%

Public Health

5.1%

Management

5.1%

Pharmacy

5.1%

Law

4.7%

Clinical Psychology

3.8%

Communication

3.0%

Criminal Justice

3.0%

Medicine

3.0%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.6%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Microbiology

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Sociology

2.1%

Counseling Psychology

2.1%

Physiology And Anatomy

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.2%

Masters

29.7%

Other

16.6%

Doctorate

8.9%

Associate

5.8%

Certificate

4.7%

Diploma

1.1%
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Real Clinical Trials Specialist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Clinical Trial Specialist G3 Infotek Inc. East Hanover, NJ Dec 20, 2016 $98,000
Clinical Trial Specialist Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. Novato, CA Sep 08, 2015 $90,000 -
$147,900
Clinical Trial Specialists Integrated Resources, Inc. Raritan, NJ Sep 09, 2015 $85,254
Clinical Trial Specialists Integrated Resources, Inc. Raritan, NJ Jun 24, 2015 $83,480
Cooelative Clinical Trials Specialist Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY May 25, 2012 $81,736
Clinical Trial Specialist G3 Infotek Inc. East Hanover, NJ Dec 20, 2016 $80,000
Clinical Trial Specialists Integrated Resources, Inc. Raritan, NJ Jan 10, 2016 $77,073
Clinical Trial Specialist Sajix, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Sep 09, 2015 $73,500
Trial Master Files Specialist Tata Consultancy Services Limited Philadelphia, PA Sep 16, 2015 $69,500
Clinical Trial Specialists Integrated Resources, Inc. Raritan, NJ May 09, 2015 $67,577
Clinical Trial Specialists Integrated Resources, Inc. Raritan, NJ Sep 05, 2015 $67,577
Clinical Trial Specialist G3 Infotek Inc. Edison, NJ Sep 23, 2015 $66,000
Clinical Trial Management System Specialist Tata Consultancy Services Limited Philadelphia, PA Sep 16, 2015 $65,500
Clinical Trial Management System Specialist Tata Consultancy Services Limited Philadelphia, PA Sep 20, 2015 $64,500
Clinical Trial Specialist Parexel International Plano, TX Oct 25, 2012 $64,261
Clinical Trial Specialist Parexel International Sunnyvale, CA Sep 30, 2012 $64,261
Clinical Trial Specialist G3 Infotek Inc. Ardsley, NY Nov 11, 2016 $60,000
Clinical Trials Specialist Parexel International Waltham, MA Oct 01, 2009 $57,172
Clinical Trial Specialist II JSMN International Inc. Billerica, MA Oct 01, 2012 $56,000 -
$60,000
Clinical Trial Protocol Documentation Systems Engi St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Dec 21, 2011 $54,708 -
$84,800
Clinical Trial Specialist Parexel International Hendersonville, TN Jul 18, 2013 $53,492
Clinical Trials Specialist Icardiac Technologies, Inc. Rochester, NY Jul 16, 2015 $45,136

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Top Skills for A Clinical Trials Specialist

ClinicalTrialProtocolsRegulatoryDocumentsProtocolDeviationsProceduresIrb/EcSafetyUpdatesPerformICFInvestigatorMeetingsCRAIch/GcpFDAClinicalResearchCROICHGuidelinesCRFCtmsDataManagementOncologyClinicalTrialsPhaseIIITrialManagement

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Top Clinical Trials Specialist Skills

  1. Clinical Trial Protocols
  2. Regulatory Documents
  3. Protocol Deviations
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed clinical trial protocols and prepared clinical trial budgets in accordance with research protocol provided by Sponsors.
  • Receive and review/process completed regulatory documents from investigators and forward to the Regulatory Document Specialist for final review.
  • Recognized and recorded protocol deviations.
  • Train Investigators and clinical study staff on study procedures outlined in protocol and Electronic Data Capture Completion Guidelines.
  • Prepare and negotiate clinical site agreement on a country level Prepare and submit IRB/EC application until final approval received.

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