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Clinical Trial Manager

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Clinical Trial Manager is responsible for planning and managing all aspects of an organization's program of clinical trials, usually for an organization undertaking pharmacological drug testing.

Job Outlook

There were 326 Clinical Trial Manager job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 7731 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Clinical Research Coordinator / Manager industry, which includes the Clinical Trial Manager career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Clinical Trial Manager 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 $123,183.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $124,500.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Clinical Trial Manager postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $83,284.

Education and Experience

Posted Clinical Trial Manager 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 Degree3.75%
Bachelor's Degree57.06%
Master's Degree22.56%
Doctoral Degree8.02%
Other8.25%

Posted Clinical Trial Manager 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 years25.81%
3 to 5 years49.45%
6 to 8 years19.15%
9+ years5.59%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Clinical Trial Manager 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.

  • Management (43.86%)
  • Communication (38.95%)
  • Research (29.87%)
  • Operations (27.81%)
  • Leadership (26.84%)
  • Planning (23.88%)
  • Timelines (18.45%)
  • Writing (18.06%)
  • Microsoft Excel (15.26%)
  • Problem Solving (14.82%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Clinical Trial Management Systems (23.12%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (29.51%)
  • Project Management (27.99%)
  • Clinical Research (51.09%)
  • Trial Master File (9.63%)
  • Clinical Trials (84.02%)
  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) (26.16%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Mitigation (4.88%)
  • Standard Operating Procedure (15.55%)
  • Milestones (Project Management) (10.56%)
  • Life Sciences (15.13%)
  • Pre-Clinical Development (11.13%)
  • Data Management (19%)
  • Data Collection (9.96%)
  • Drug Development (13.92%)
  • Biotechnology (13.9%)
  • Vendor Management (9.34%)
  • Auditing (18.81%)
  • Patient Safety (4.41%)
  • Coherent Remote File System (CRFS) (8.63%)
  • Process Improvement (9.68%)
  • Invoicing (8.21%)
  • Oncology (18.07%)
  • Risk Analysis (5.74%)
  • Electronic Data Capture (EDC) (8.68%)
  • Case Report Forms (10.67%)
  • Informed Consent (12.3%)
  • Nursing (12.92%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Electronic Trial Master File (1.49%)

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.

  • Clinical Research (58.48%)
  • Clinical Trials (96.17%)
  • Clinical Trial Management Systems (26.46%)
  • Electronic Trial Master File (1.7%)
  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP) (29.94%)
  • Pharmaceuticals (33.77%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Study Manager
  • Patient Observer
  • Student Painter
  • Clinical Trial Associate
  • Local Trial Manager
  • Clinical Research Monitor
  • Clinical Observer
  • Clinical Trial Operations Manager
  • Cardiometabolic Medical Specialist

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 Trial Manager jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Icon (532)
  • Actalent (313)
  • Merck (255)
  • IQVIA (172)
  • Bausch & Lomb (148)
  • Sanofi (94)
  • Johnson & Johnson (88)
  • Labcorp Drug Development (83)
  • Beacon Hill Staffing Group (67)
  • Pearson Education (63)

North Carolina

  • IQVIA (36)
  • Actalent (35)
  • Duke University (13)
  • Syneos Health (10)
  • Labcorp Drug Development (10)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific (9)
  • University of North Carolina (9)
  • Cape Fear Valley Health System (8)
  • Icon (6)
  • Comforcare Senior Services (6)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!