Clinical Trial Jobs

Every drug that goes to market must pass rigorous safety testing. Are you a detail person? Do you enjoy following procedures the same way every time? Careers in clinical trials demand the skills of detailed people like you to keep the public safe.

If you see a Clinical Trial job title that looks interesting, click it to learn more about the job, required education, the salary and work environment.

Overview

Annual salary range: $30,000 – $140,000+

Education range: high school diploma – PhD/MD

Factoid: More than 1 million Americans have a hip or knee replacement each year—clinical trials are crucial to advancing joint replacements, creating better prosthetics and developing new surgeries and medicines.

Entry Level Jobs

Clinical Affairs Associate / Specialist

Description:
Provide clinical expertise in support of the design, development, manufacture and clinical application of pharmaceutical accessories. Plan, develop and conduct the design validation process, evaluation of product performance, documentation of findings, and participation in design reviews and other evaluations as necessary. Coordinate and monitor studies in support of research, marketing/sales, and regulatory objectives, product registration and regulatory submissions for domestic and international markets.

Education:
Associate degree and 2-5 years experience may be required. Specialist position may require a Bachelor’s Degree.

Salary Range:
$62,800-$80,000; Average: $76,538

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic industry.

Formulation Technician Associate

Description:
Primarily responsible for the routine preparation of test articles for use in studies (dilutions, suspensions, solutions, dietary blending, filling capsules, counting tablets dermal preparations, and test article dispensations).

Education:
AS degree in Chemistry/Science or Pharmaceutical certification (CPHT)

Salary Range:
$38,000 – $63,000; Average: $45,250

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Laboratory Assistant

Description:
Supports all aspects of data collection and operation of the clinical lab. Assists in the coordination of documentation associated with conducting clinical studies. May administer a test drug and/or draw blood

Education:
High school diploma and 0-2 years of experience

Salary Range:
20,000 – 50,000

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Mid Level Jobs

Clinical Applications Engineer

Description:
Design and develop advanced clinical applications for diagnostic and imaging equipment

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or related discipline with 5-7 years relevant work experience, Masters Degree preferred

Salary Range:
$62,800-$80,000; Average: $76,538

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic and Medical Device industry.

Clinical Study Manager (AKA clinical trial manager, clinical research manager)

Description:
Prepare for and implement clinical trials, including development and preparation of clinical documents, clinical site and team interactions, including Regulatory, Quality Assurance, and Clinical families.

Education:
Master’s degree in Chemistry, Biology or another Life Science. Academy of Clinical Research Professionals certification. 2 years clinical research experience

Salary Range:
$38,000-$90,000; Average: $60,673

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Diagnostic Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industry.

Advanced Level Jobs

Director of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs

Description:

Provides direction and guidance in accordance with Good Clinical Practices. Assists in filing applications for regulatory approval

Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences discipline plus 10-15 years experience, including experience as leader of clinical trials

Salary Range:

$70,700-$144,225; Average: $107,000

Work Environment:

This job is found in the Diagnostic industry.

Report Writer (AKA Medical Writer)

Description:
Functions as a lead writer for complex study reports, including monitoring of study progress from initiation to completion, production of interim reports/data tables, and generation of end-of-study reports for assigned studies in accordance with Good Laboratory Practice Regulations

Education:
B.S. and 10 years experience or M.S. and 5-7 years experience or Ph.D. and 2 years experience

Salary Range:
$39,800-$69,200; Average: $50,950

Work Environment:
This job is found in the Pharmaceutical industry.

Case Study

Rose

“I was shocked to learn how much I enjoy chemistry, biology.”

Rose studied interior designed and worked for 18 years helping companies plan how best to design and arrange their office and work spaces. She took time off to care for a family member, but the recession had taken its toll on the industry and when she tried to return to the business, she found that many design firms had gone out of business and jobs were few. Working of part time jobs helped make ends meet but didn’t offer the challenge or the salary that she needed.

Rose had taken a number of classes at Lakeland Community College so she decided to return for further training. She had planning on a new career in healthcare, but soon learned about the Biotechnology Lab Skills class and the Department of Labor grant that allowed her to enroll at no cost. “I was shocked to learn how much I enjoy chemistry, biology”.

Rose is now interning as an ophthalmologic research technician at the Cleveland Clinic. Working with an MD/PhD clinical researcher, Rose is helping to design pre-clinical research trials. Her work involves breeding and caring for the research animals, how best way to collect tissue samples, and how to make sure that the research is set up in a way that will enable discoveries about how new drugs can treat ocular diseases/disorders, and how to make sure that those drugs are ultimately safe for humans.

“Believe it or not, there are similarities to my work in interior design” explains Rose. “It’s all about problem solving – working through challenges that companies face in creating a workplace that works gave me some of the skills I am using as I work through challenges in creating a research trial that tells us what we need to know. Only now I am using my science knowledge to create effective meaningful treatments.” It’s important work and Rose is looking forward to long career helping to solve problems that lead to longer, healthier lives.