Clinical Operations and Study Management are essential components within the drug development lifecycle, which encompass the gathering of data to identify, prevent and treat diseases. Essentially, when a new drug or device is developed, it's important to ensure its safety and effectiveness through thorough testing. To do this, each product must go through a clinical trial, which consists of four key phases.
If you would like to learn more about each of the different stages of a clinical trial, we recommend looking at this article.
Typical roles within the Clinical Research sector are:
To progress your Clinical Research career, candidates are required to have high attention to detail, excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and data analysis capabilities.
Additional elements may also help when looking to progress your career:
If you are looking for a role within Clinical Research, you may have to overcome some barriers in order to have a long and prosperous career within the sector.
Yes, entry-level opportunities do come up. Looking for graduate schemes is a good place to start as well as looking at the possibility of entering via an administration role. Although administration may not be your long-term goal it is a route that will give you that much-needed experience.
Typical career progression opportunities within this sector could look like:
A career in Clinical Research is very diverse and rewarding, but also challenging. In addition, candidates will have a lot of responsibility placed on their shoulders as they will be heavily involved in determining the safety and effectiveness of a drug-dealing directly with patients. However, there are brilliant opportunities to progress your career within this sector, which in turn, can lead to great career options. Take a look at our jobs page to browse our current vacancies.