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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 $94,475

*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 $95,735

*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:

LocationGrowth
North Carolina67+20.1%
Nationwide1000+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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Problem Solving: Problem solving consists of using generic or ad hoc methods, in an orderly manner, for finding solutions to problems.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Clinical Trials: Clinical trials are experiments or observations done in clinical research.
  • 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.
  • Budgeting: Experience planning how the financial resources of a business or department are to be allocated during the next business period.
  • 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 Trial Management: A clinical trial management system (CTMS) is a software system used by biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries to manage clinical trials in clinical research.

Distinguishing Skills

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

  • Manage Multiple Clinical Studies: Working experience of Manage Multiple Clinical Studies.Managing clinical trials in today's highly regulated and increasingly global life sciences marketplace can be extremely challenging. It requires an integrated, end-to-end approach that concurrently provides visibility into trial costs and regulatory risks and adheres to schedule
  • Site Selection: The award-winning Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data, Inc., is the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC).
  • Regulatory Documents: Regulatory documents are documents that serve to demonstrate the compliance of the investigator, sponsor, and monitor with the standards of Good Clinical Practice and with all applicable regulatory requirements.
  • 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
  • Biostatistics: Biostatistics is the application of statistics to a wide range of topics in biology.

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 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.
  • Clinical Industry Knowledge: Clinical engineering is a speciality within biomedical engineering responsible primarily for applying and implementing medical technology to optimize healthcare delivery.
  • Manage Multiple Clinical Studies: Working experience of Manage Multiple Clinical Studies.Managing clinical trials in today's highly regulated and increasingly global life sciences marketplace can be extremely challenging. It requires an integrated, end-to-end approach that concurrently provides visibility into trial costs and regulatory risks and adheres to schedule
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Knowledge: The pharmaceutical industry discovers, develops, produces, and markets drugs or pharmaceutical drugs for use as medications.

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 years53%
6 to 8 years28%

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 Manager
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Director, Global Regulatory Leader Oncology

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