Clinical Research Coordinators

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.

Median Annual Wage: $120,050

Education: Bachelor's degree (56%); Master's degree (12%); Associate's degree (9%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Research Coordinator; Clinical Research Coordinator; Clinical Trial Manager; Clinical Program Manager; Clinical Research Associate (CRA); Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator; Clinical Program Coordinator; Clinical Research Administrator; Clinical Research Manager; Clinical Trial Coordinator

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Clinical Research Coordinators.

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  • 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.
  • Record adverse event and side effect data and confer with investigators regarding the reporting of events to oversight agencies.
  • Assess eligibility of potential subjects through methods such as screening interviews, reviews of medical records, and discussions with physicians and nurses.
  • Prepare for or participate in quality assurance audits conducted by study sponsors, federal agencies, or specially designated review groups.
  • Identify protocol problems, inform investigators of problems, or assist in problem resolution efforts such as protocol revisions.
  • Prepare study-related documentation such as protocol worksheets, procedural manuals, adverse event reports, institutional review board documents, and progress reports.
  • Track enrollment status of subjects and document dropout information such as dropout causes and subject contact efforts.
  • Review proposed study protocols to evaluate factors such as sample collection processes, data management plans, and potential subject risks.
  • Code, evaluate, or interpret collected study data.
  • Participate in preparation and management of research budgets and monetary disbursements.
  • Participate in the development of study protocols including guidelines for administration or data collection procedures.
  • Instruct research staff in scientific and procedural aspects of studies including standards of care, informed consent procedures, or documentation procedures.
  • Communicate with laboratories or investigators regarding laboratory findings.
  • Review scientific literature, participate in continuing education activities, or attend conferences and seminars to maintain current knowledge of clinical studies affairs and issues.
  • Order drugs or devices necessary for study completion.
  • Confer with health care professionals to determine the best recruitment practices for studies.
  • Collaborate with investigators to prepare presentations or reports of clinical study procedures, results, and conclusions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Clinical Research Coordinators.

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Clinical Research Coordinators.

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