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Clinical Project Manager

Career Area: Planning and Analysis

Occupation Group: Health and Medical Research

Salary

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

State

The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $87,159

*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 $92,851

*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 a clinical trial, 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:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina356+20.1%
Nationwide4547+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 Project Manager is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • 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
  • Planning: Working experience with the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve desired goals.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.
  • 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.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Clinical Trials: Clinical trials are experiments or observations done in clinical research.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.

Distinguishing Skills

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

  • Clinical Study Reports: In medicine, a clinical study report (CSR) on a clinical trial is a very long and detailed document giving much detail about the methods and results of a trial.
  • Informed Consent Procedures: Working experience of Informed Consent Procedures, which is is a process for getting permission before conducting a healthcare intervention on a person, or for disclosing personal information. A health care provider may ask a patient to consent to receive therapy before providing it, or a clinical researcher may ask a research participant before enrolling that person into a clinical trial. Informed consent is collected according to guidelines from the fields of medical ethics and research ethics.
  • Regulatory Affairs: Regulatory affairs (RA), also called government affairs, is a profession within regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, energy, banking, telecom etc.
  • Clinical Data Management: Clinical data management (CDM) is a critical phase in clinical research, which leads to generation of high-quality, reliable, and statistically sound data from clinical trials.
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Knowledge: The pharmaceutical industry discovers, develops, produces, and markets drugs or pharmaceutical drugs for use as medications.

Salary Boosting Skills

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

  • New Drug Application (NDA) Review: Working experience of New Drug Application (NDA) Review, which is the vehicle in the United States through which drug sponsors formally propose that the FDA approve a new pharmaceutical for sale and marketing. The goals of the NDA are to provide enough information to permit FDA reviewers to establish the following: Is the drug safe and effective when used as directed, do the benefits outweigh the risks? Is the drug's proposed labeling appropriate, and what should it contain? Are the methods used in manufacturing the drug maintain the drug's quality adequate to preserve the drug's identity, strength, quality, and purity?
  • Clinical Study Reports: In medicine, a clinical study report (CSR) on a clinical trial is a very long and detailed document giving much detail about the methods and results of a trial.
  • Clinical Drug Development: Drug development is the process of bringing a new pharmaceutical drug to the market once a lead compound has been identified through the process of drug discovery.

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 years8%
3 to 5 years54%
6 to 8 years30%

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 Research Project Manager
  • Clin Research Project Manager-Hc
  • Senior Clinical Project Manager, Cns - Iqvia Biotechnology

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