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Clinical Research Director

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for the overall research strategy of an organization undertaking clinical trials, usually pharmacological drug testing.

Job Outlook

There were 64 Clinical Research Director job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 3484 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Clinical Research Coordinator / Manager industry, which includes the Clinical Research Director career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Clinical Research Director jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $129,467.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $120,934.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Clinical Research Director postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $108,234.

Education and Experience

Posted Clinical Research Director jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree20%
Master's Degree48%
Doctoral Degree32%
Other0%

Posted Clinical Research Director jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years6%
3 to 5 years35%
6 to 8 years21%
9+ years39%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Clinical Research Director positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Research (68%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (56%)
  • Communication Skills (55%)
  • Planning (35%)
  • Leadership (21%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Clinical Development (53%)
  • Oncology (52%)
  • Clinical Research (50%)
  • Clinical Trials (41%)
  • Budgeting (34%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Cancer knowledge (18%)
  • Biotechnology (18%)
  • Business Development (15%)
  • Product Development (13%)
  • Data Analysis (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Drug Discovery (7%)
  • Investigational Review Board (IRB) (6%)
  • Informed Consent Procedures (6%)
  • Clinical Trial Design (6%)
  • Protocol Development (6%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Protocol Design (5%) – marginal value $4,240
  • Biologics (5%) – marginal value $3,564
  • Brand Planning (2%) – marginal value $3,345
  • Drug Discovery (7%) – marginal value $3,274

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Clinical Research Director skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director, Clinical Research
  • Director Clinical Research Project Management - Hc
  • Director, Clinical Pharmacology
  • Director Of Clinical Research

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Clinical Research Director jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Pfizer (364)
  • Johnson & Johnson (359)
  • Gilead Sciences (253)
  • Merck & Company (208)
  • AbbVie (186)

North Carolina

  • Astrazeneca (11)
  • Quality Chemical Laboratories (5)
  • Gilead Sciences (4)
  • Pharmaceutical Research Associates (4)
  • Glaxosmithkline (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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