Clinical Trial Manager Career

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Clinical Trial Manager

Career Area: Planning and Analysis

Occupation Group: Health and Medical Research

Salary

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A typical Clinical Trial Manager earns the following wages (national and state):

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $96,138

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

National

The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $94,886

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for planning and managing all aspects of an organization's program of clinical trials, usually for an organization undertaking pharmacological drug testing.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

Growth
North Carolina58+20.1%
Nationwide1286+9.9%

Skills

A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Clinical Trial Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Building Effective Relationships: Building relationships is about your ability to identify and initiate working relationships and to develop and maintain them in a way that is of mutual benefit to both yourself and the other party. Good relationships are the key to getting things done and are essential when your success is dependent on others.
  • Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
  • Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • Clinical Research: Working experience of Clinical Research, which is a branch of healthcare science that determines the safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products and treatment regimens intended for human use.
  • Clinical Trials: Clinical trials are experiments or observations done in clinical research.
  • Project Management: Project management is the discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.
  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP): Good clinical practice (GCP) is an international quality standard that is provided by ICH, an international body that defines a set of standards, which governments can then transpose into regulations for clinical trials involving human subjects.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Clinical Trial Manager that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Protocol Development:
  • Clinical Monitoring: Working experience of Clinical Monitoring, which is the oversight and administrative efforts that monitor a participant's health and efficacy of the treatment during a clinical trial. Both independent and government-run grant-funding agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), require data and safety monitoring protocols for Phase I and II clinical trials conforming to their standards
  • Pharmacovigilance: Pharmacovigilance (PV or PhV), also known as drug safety, is the pharmacological science relating to the collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention of adverse effects with pharmaceutical products.
  • Clinical Trial Design: Clinical trial design is a key aspect of the successful conduct of clinical trials. It involves deciding parameters such as the number of patients, the length of the trial, the comparator arm (in the case of randomized controlled trials) using information on current treatments, the anticipated effect of the therapeutic intervention being studied and applying biostatistics methods.
  • Regulatory Affairs: Regulatory affairs (RA), also called government affairs, is a profession within regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, energy, banking, telecom etc.

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:

  • Clinical Development Plans: The clinical development plan is a complex document that entails the entire clinical research strategy of a drug, describing the clinical studies that will be carried out for a pharmaceutical entity, created by a pharmaceutical company.
  • Regulatory Affairs: Regulatory affairs (RA), also called government affairs, is a profession within regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, energy, banking, telecom etc.
  • Protocol Design: Working experience of Protocol Design, which refers to designing an agreed set of interactions which are governed by rules. The protocol does not just define the actions that can be performed, more importantly it defines a set of rules that govern the order of these actions.
  • Biostatistics: Biostatistics is the application of statistics to a wide range of topics in biology.

Education

This career typically requires the following level of education. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

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Education Level%
Bachelor's Degree42%
Master's Degree46%
Doctoral Degree5%

Experience

This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years7%
3 to 5 years51%
6 to 8 years37%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Clinical Project Manager
  • Senior Clinical Project Manager
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Senior Trial Manager - Early Development And Clinical Pharmacology Oncology
  • Senior Trial Manager - Early Development And Clinical Pharmacology

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