Infographic: Clinical research career paths

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Posting date: 26/01/2021

How to grow your career in clinical research

Clinical research is a competitive but growing field and provides rewarding career opportunities if you have qualifications or experience within life sciences. A career in clinical research involves playing a role in helping your employer conduct studies to ensure new treatments are safe and effective for patients. There are a variety of way to progress a career in the clinical research field with pharma, biotech, medical device companies and CROs all offering opportunities for professionals, such as the clinical research jobs listed on our website.

With the right experience, clinical professionals will have the potential to progress all the way to clinical director or even VP level. Once you have senior CRA level, there are typically three main routes a career in clinical research can take. You will either be a manager of the trial process, a manager of people or a project manager:

Clinical trial management: 

Usually responsible for the managing, coordinating and overseeing various aspects of the trial. Typical duties will involve supervising staff, implementing study tools and documents, overseeing trial budgets and providing strategic input into trials.

Clinical team management: 

Responsible for acting as the direct line manager to associates. Clinical team managers will manage and support team members, ensure staff are trained effectively, review the effectiveness of business processes and plan professional development activities.

Clinical project management: 

Involved with the planning and directing of clinical trials and is also responsible for evaluating clinical data. Day-to-day tasks include, maintaining study records, ensuring activities are being delivered on time and on budget, interpreting study data and developing trial plans.

Here we discover what it takes to lead a fulfilling career in clinical research and the most common career pathways:

nfographic: Clinical research career paths

Looking to progress your career in clinical research? 

We are hiring now for positions in clinical operations and clinical development within pharma and medical device companies and CROs. See our latest clinical research vacancies and apply today, or simply send us your CV to be considered for new positions as they become available.