Careers in Clinical Research Management

One goal. Many career paths.

The global clinical trials market is projected to reach nearly $70 billion by 2027, according to a report published by Grand View Research. As the field grows, so does the need for a new generation of leaders who are committed to finding innovative ways to enhance patient care.

Whether you’re just starting out in your career, looking to transition from another field or already working in the industry and aspiring to take on a greater leadership role, there are countless opportunities for you to truly make a difference in the lives of patients.

When you earn your Master’s in Clinical Research Management from Wake Forest, you won’t just be a part of a thriving industry; you’ll be better positioned to help shape its future.

Where can you work?

The skills you learn in our program can be applied across a variety of work environments, ranging from the private sector to government to academia. We can help you enhance your knowledge of all facets of the clinical trial process — including quality assurance, statistical analysis, data management and regulatory affairs — giving you even greater flexibility in defining your own path.

Some of the settings where you can apply your clinical research management skills include:

  • Medical science research organizations
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Clinical research organizations
  • Health care payers
  • Health care providers
  • Government regulatory agencies
  • Academic institutions

Rewarding career opportunities

Your MS in Clinical Research Management can help you qualify for a new role in a wide range of areas. Here are just a few of the occupations you can pursue:

Clinical Research Director

What they do: Clinical research directors oversee the overall research strategy within their organization. Their responsibilities may include managing staff, developing safety and quality standards, and communicating with other members of the organization.

Job outlook is expected to increase 9.9% from 2018 to 2028

Average salary: $112,124*


Clinical Data Manager

What they do: Clinical data managers oversee data and information gathered for a clinical trial to study medical treatments or drugs. They also assist with developing tools used for data collection, manage all aspects of data collection and validation during a clinical trial, and oversee the closeout of a trial and transfer of data for statistical analysis.

Job outlook is expected to increase 33.9% from 2018 to 2028*

Average salary: $90,458**


Clinical Project Manager

What they do: Clinical project managers conduct and supervise all aspects of clinical trials. Responsibilities can include managing a group of clinical professionals during the trial phases, analyzing trial information and proposing creative solutions to trial issues and creating progress reports based on the team’s findings.

Job outlook is expected to increase 8.2% from 2018 to 2028*

Average salary: $90,479**


Regulatory Affairs Manager

What they do: Regulatory affairs specialists help ensure that organizations are in compliance with state and federal regulations. Specific responsibilities may include the development and implementation of compliance strategies, maintaining knowledge of current standards and best practices, and interacting with the appropriate regulatory agencies.

Job outlook is expected to increase 8.2% from 2018 to 2028*

Average salary: $101,080**


Quality Assurance Manager

What they do: Quality assurance managers help to ensure that products or services meet established standards. Responsibilities can include implementing procedures to reduce waste and maximize efficiency, collecting and interpreting data and developing and training staff.

Job outlook is expected to increase 8.2% from 2018 to 2028*

Average salary $79,399**


Clinical Research Nurse

What they do: Clinical research nurses help care for patients who are participating in clinical trials. Responsibilities include communicating with patients, collecting data and having an in-depth knowledge of trial protocol. This role requires a greater understanding of the clinical trial process than a nurse would typically have.

Job outlook is expected to increase 19% from 2018 to 2028*

Average salary: $71,507**

*Payscale
**U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Explore your options with an online Master’s in Clinical Research Management

If you’re seeking a leadership role in an industry where you can positively impact many lives, earning your online MS in Clinical Research Management can help you achieve your goal.

 

Learn more about our online MS in Clinical Research Management