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Clinical Research Coordinators

Also called: Clinical Program Manager, Clinical Research Associate (CRA), Clinical Research Coordinator, Clinical Trial Manager

What they do:
Plan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.
On the job, you would:
  • Maintain required records of study activity including case report forms, drug dispensation records, or regulatory forms.
  • Oversee subject enrollment to ensure that informed consent is properly obtained and documented.
  • Monitor study activities to ensure compliance with protocols and with all relevant local, federal, and state regulatory and institutional polices.


Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • medicine and dentistry
  • management
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Oracle Clinical
  • Phase Forward InForm GTM
Analytical or scientific software
  • SAS software
  • SPSS software
Electronic mail software
  • Microsoft Outlook


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

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