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What Is a Clinical Data Manager and How to Become One

What Does a Clinical Data Manager Do?

A clinical data manager handles all the data needs of clinical trials for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. As a clinical data manager, your responsibilities include the research and storage of data related to clinical trials and programs. Your job duties are to collect, process, and analyze data. You must routinely evaluate your data collection and analysis processes to ensure that results are accurate and valid. You must also ensure that your work is in compliance with ethical research standards and regulations from organizations like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

How to Become a Clinical Data Manager

You need a combination of educational qualifications, training, and experience with clinical trials to become a clinical data manager. There are certificate and associate degree programs in data science, along with bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in IT, computer science, and data management. You need excellent analytical, problem-solving, and research skills and a strong understanding of data analysis. You may lead a team of data scientists or work independently, so good communication skills and project management abilities are essential.

Clinical Data Manager Job Description Sample

With this Clinical Data Manager job description sample, you can get a good idea of what employers are looking for when hiring for this position. Remember, every employer is different and each will have unique qualifications when they hire for a Clinical Data Manager role.

Job Summary

Our pharmaceutics laboratory is looking for a Clinical Data Manager to join our team. In this role, you are responsible for collecting, analyzing, and documenting data from a clinical study. You will work closely with our researchers to ensure the data is accurate and help them adjust the trial as necessary. You need database experience to properly store the data. Our preferred candidate has multiple years of experience with data management and a bachelor's degree in IT, statistics, or a similar field. You must also be familiar with the standards set by the FDA.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collect and analyze data about the clinical trial
  • Document and store data in the proper database
  • Develop software solutions for modeling statistics
  • Look for compliance issues with FDA regulations
  • Supervise data management team

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in IT, statistics, or a similar field
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP) experience
  • Data management experience
  • Analytical and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail

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