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Working As A Research 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

  • $57,762

    Average Salary

What Does A Research 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 Research 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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Research Coordinator Career Paths

Research Coordinator
Program Manager Program Director Coach
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Clinical Supervisor Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Clinical Coordinator Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Research Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Service Director Nursing Director
Clinical Services Director
11 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Study Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Research Fellow Research Specialist Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Trial Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Nurse Physician Clinical Assistant
Clinical Trials Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Nurse Practitioner Registered Nurse Supervisor Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Trials Specialist
8 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Quality Assurance Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Assistant Professor Clinical Pharmacist
Manager Of Clinical Services
9 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor Assistant Professor
Medical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Research Analyst Data Analyst Quality Assurance
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Finance Analyst Business Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Research Coordinator Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Research Analyst Business Analyst Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Research Nurse 3.1 years
Study Coordinator 2.7 years
Coordinator 2.6 years
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Analyst 2.0 years
Research Assistant 1.7 years
Research Aide 1.2 years
Research Trainee 0.9 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 11.6%
Volunteer 3.7%
Top Employers After
Internship 6.7%
Consultant 5.0%
Manager 2.8%
Instructor 2.8%

Research Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

68.6%

Male

28.6%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

76.2%

Asian

10.2%

Hispanic or Latino

9.9%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.2%

French

14.0%

German

6.0%

Russian

3.8%

Italian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.3%

Mandarin

3.1%

Chinese

2.4%

Japanese

2.1%

Arabic

2.1%

Hindi

1.4%

Cantonese

1.2%

Urdu

1.2%

Swahili

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Ukrainian

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Polish

0.7%
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Research Coordinator Education

Schools

George Washington University

7.4%

University of Washington

7.4%

New York University

7.2%

University of Phoenix

6.6%

University of Pittsburgh -

6.2%

Drexel University

5.8%

Boston University

5.4%

University of Houston

5.2%

University of Pennsylvania

4.9%

Walden University

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.7%

University of Florida

4.5%

University of Georgia

4.3%

Columbia University

4.1%

Emory University

3.9%

George Mason University

3.7%

Johns Hopkins University

3.7%

American University

3.5%

University of Miami

3.5%

Northeastern University

3.5%
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Majors

Nursing

16.8%

Psychology

13.4%

Business

11.1%

Public Health

9.0%

Biology

7.2%

Health Care Administration

4.9%

Clinical Psychology

3.7%

Medicine

3.4%

Communication

3.3%

Sociology

3.2%

Social Work

3.1%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

3.0%

Counseling Psychology

2.5%

Management

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

Education

2.3%

Political Science

2.2%

Health Sciences And Services

2.1%

English

2.0%

Experimental Psychology

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

37.0%

Bachelors

31.3%

Other

12.1%

Doctorate

10.4%

Certificate

4.1%

Associate

3.9%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%
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Real Research Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Research Coordinator International Eclectic Academy, Inc. Springdale, OH Nov 15, 2016 $108,816
Research Coordinator Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc. Yardley, PA Sep 15, 2015 $106,413
Coordinator of Undergraduate Research University of Illinois Urbana, IL Aug 01, 2015 $78,166
Statistical Research Coordinator 4 University of Florida Gainesville, FL Mar 20, 2015 $77,658
Research Coordinator Methodist Health System Dallas, TX Sep 05, 2016 $77,459
Research Coordinator for Transportation Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, NJ Dec 07, 2016 $76,378
Orthopedic Research Coordinator The Foot and Ankle Association Inc. Baltimore, MD Jan 11, 2016 $73,798
IRM Research Coordinator, Open Gov't Partnership Tides Center Washington, DC Sep 09, 2015 $70,158 -
$75,000
Research Coordinator Allan Hausknecht M.D. Central Neurology, P.C. Richmond, NY Sep 13, 2016 $70,000
Outreach and Research Coordinator Graphology Consulting Group Inc. New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $70,000 -
$80,000
Statistical Research Coordinator 4 University of Florida Gainesville, FL Jul 17, 2015 $69,000
Research Coordinator International Eclectic Academy Inc. Springdale, OH Nov 30, 2016 $67,953
Research Coordinator/Faculty-Physical Therapy Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI Jan 15, 2016 $67,926
Research Coordinator Mount Sinai Beth Israel New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $60,000
Research Coordinator Mount Sinai Beth Israel New York, NY Mar 30, 2015 $60,000
Research Coordinator Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY May 12, 2016 $59,097
Medical Research Coordinator Md Medical Research Oxon Hill, MD Apr 28, 2016 $58,624
Medical Research Coordinator Md Medical Research Oxon Hill, MD Mar 26, 2015 $58,624
Medical Research Coordinator Md Medical Research Oxon Hill, MD Mar 26, 2016 $58,624
Research Coordinator University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX Feb 12, 2015 $58,500
Research Coordinator for Transportation Fairleigh Dickinson University Teaneck, NJ Nov 03, 2016 $58,115
Technology & Research Coordinator Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY Sep 12, 2015 $52,175
Research Coordinator New York University School of Medicine New York, NY May 20, 2015 $52,000
Research Coordinator Certified Neurology Care PC Richmond, NY Sep 16, 2016 $52,000
Statistical Research Coordinator 1 University of Florida Gainesville, FL Nov 10, 2015 $52,000
Research Coordinator New York Society for Relief of Ruptured & Crippled New York, NY Jan 05, 2016 $51,499

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Top Skills for A Research Coordinator

ResearchProtocolsIRBLabStudyProceduresDataCollectionClinicalTrialsDataEntryRegulatoryDocumentsResearchProjectsPrincipalInvestigatorsSafetyStudyProtocolFDAInstitutionalReviewDataAnalysisResearchAssistantsSourceDocumentsSeriousAdverseEventsNIHMedicalHistory

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Top Research Coordinator Skills

  1. Research Protocols
  2. IRB
  3. Lab
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Ensured adherence to established clinical research protocols.
  • Translate the IRB consent form and protocol in Spanish, in order to assure the recruitment of the Spanish Speaking Population.
  • Coordinated laboratory equipment calibrations annually.
  • Train volunteers and interns in study procedures and recruitment.
  • Supervised and trained undergraduate lab members in data collection/coding.

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