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Clinical Data Managers

Also called: Clinical Data Management Associate Director, Clinical Data Management Manager (CDM Manager), Clinical Data Manager, Data Management Manager

What they do:
Apply knowledge of health care and database management to analyze clinical data, and to identify and report trends.
On the job, you would:
  • Develop project-specific data management plans that address areas such as data coding, reporting, or transfer, database locks, and work flow processes.
  • Generate data queries based on validation checks or errors and omissions identified during data entry to resolve identified problems.
  • Design and validate clinical databases including designing or testing logic checks.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
  • management


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • notice when problems happen
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Phase Forward Clintrial
Analytical or scientific software
  • Electronic data capture EDC software
  • SAS software
Medical software
  • Allscripts
  • MEDITECH software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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