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Working As A Senior Clinical Research 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

  • $81,475

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Clinical Research 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 Senior Clinical Research 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
Clinical Associate 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Top Employers After
Manager 3.8%

Senior Clinical Research Associate Demographics

Gender

Female

68.2%

Male

28.8%

Unknown

3.0%
Ethnicity

White

74.9%

Asian

12.5%

Hispanic or Latino

8.7%

Unknown

2.6%

Black or African American

1.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

German

12.1%

French

12.1%

Portuguese

6.1%

Russian

6.1%

Italian

6.1%

Swedish

3.0%

Czech

3.0%

Vietnamese

3.0%

Dutch

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Amharic

3.0%

Norwegian

3.0%

Armenian

3.0%
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Senior Clinical Research Associate Education

Schools

George Washington University

16.1%

University of Phoenix

6.5%

Drexel University

6.5%

Northeastern University

5.6%

East Carolina University

4.8%

Howard University

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Wilmington

4.8%

University of Cincinnati

4.0%

San Jose State University

4.0%

University of Kansas

4.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.0%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

Durham Technical Community College

4.0%

Emory University

4.0%

University of California - San Diego

4.0%

Capella University

4.0%

University of California - Irvine

3.2%

North Carolina State University

3.2%

Temple University

3.2%
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Majors

Nursing

16.6%

Biology

16.4%

Business

11.6%

Health Care Administration

11.4%

Psychology

6.9%

Public Health

4.9%

Pharmacy

4.9%

Project Management

3.0%

Medicine

3.0%

Health Sciences And Services

2.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.4%

Health Education

2.2%

Chemistry

2.2%

Physiology And Anatomy

2.0%

Management

2.0%

Microbiology

1.8%

Clinical Psychology

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Zoology

1.4%

Medical Technician

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.2%

Masters

34.2%

Other

12.9%

Doctorate

4.8%

Certificate

3.6%

Associate

3.6%

Diploma

0.7%
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Real Senior Clinical Research Associate Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Clinical Research Associate 2 Quintiles, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 15, 2016 $123,446
Senior Clinical Research Associate (Medical Scientist) Biotie Therapies, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 17, 2016 $120,000
Senior Clinical Research Associate (Medical Scientist) Biotie Therapies, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Oct 31, 2016 $120,000
Senior Clinical Research Associate 3 Quintiles, Inc. Nassau Bay, TX Aug 10, 2015 $118,938
Senior Clinical Research Associate III Quintiles, Inc. New York, NY Oct 02, 2014 $117,060
Senior Clinical Research Associate Parexel International Billerica, MA Apr 05, 2016 $113,000
Senior Clinical Research Associate Inc. Research LLC New York, NY Jun 17, 2016 $111,650
SR. Clinical Research Associate Parexel International Waltham, MA Feb 19, 2016 $111,091
Senior Clinical Research Associate Biomarin Pharmaceutical, Inc. San Rafael, CA Jan 09, 2016 $111,000
Senior Clinical Research Associate Parexel International Billerica, MA Apr 09, 2016 $110,691
Senior Clinical Research Associate Icon Clinical Research LLC New York, NY Nov 27, 2016 $110,395
Senior Clinical Research Associate Inc. Research LLC New York, NY Jul 05, 2014 $110,000
Senior Clinical Research Associate Pharmaceutical Research Associates, Inc. Charlottesville, VA Oct 05, 2013 $110,000 -
$120,000
SR. Clinical Research Associate Parexel International Grapevine, TX Feb 11, 2015 $97,188
SR. Clinical Research Associate Parexel International Waltham, MA Jul 09, 2015 $97,188
SR. Clinical Research Associate Parexel International Waltham, MA Feb 11, 2015 $97,188
Senior Clinical Research Associate III Quintiles, Inc. Oakland, CA Sep 08, 2012 $96,907 -
$102,700
Senior Clinical Research Associate Ingenix Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Austin, TX May 21, 2012 $96,457
Senior Clinical Research Associate TYCO Healthcare Group LP Mansfield, MA May 15, 2011 $96,425
Senior Clinical Research Associate Pharm-OLAM International, Ltd. Houston, TX Oct 06, 2013 $96,000
Senior Clinical Research Associate Junior PPD Development, L.P. Chicago, IL Mar 22, 2016 $95,763
Senior Clinical Research Associate III Quintiles, Inc. New York, NY Aug 23, 2012 $88,296 -
$102,026
Senior Clinical Research Associate Senior PPD Development, LLC San Diego, CA Jan 03, 2014 $87,880 -
$90,738
Senior Clinical Research Associate Senior PPD Development, L.P. Baltimore, MD May 18, 2016 $86,341 -
$106,000
Senior Clinical Research Associate Senior PPD Development, L.P. Baltimore, MD May 16, 2016 $86,341 -
$106,000
Senior Clinical Research Associate III Quintiles, Inc. Sylvan Lake, MI Jul 27, 2014 $85,541
Senior Clinical Research Associate Junior PPD Development, L.P. Jersey City, NJ Sep 22, 2016 $85,051 -
$89,875
Senior Clinical Research Associate Inventiv Health Clinical, LLC CA Sep 19, 2014 $85,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Clinical Research Associate

RegulatoryDocumentsStudyProtocolCRAClinicalTrialsCRFStudyProceduresStudySitePracticesSiteManagementInvestigatorMeetingsInvestigativeSitesFDASafetyPre-StudyPhaseIIIGcp/IchSiteSelectionOncologySitePersonnelDrugAccountabilitySourceDocumentVerification

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Top Senior Clinical Research Associate Skills

  1. Regulatory Documents
  2. Study Protocol
  3. CRA
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Reviewed regulatory documents and prepared site visit reports.
  • Collaborate in the training of sites on study protocol, guidelines, operations and data submissions.
  • Assisted and covered for lead CRAs, on projects, as needed.
  • Participated in the management of assigned clinical trials.
  • Reviewed Case Report Forms and eCRF for patient eligibility, protocol compliance, omissions, errors, deviations.

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