What does a Clinical Data Manager do?

Clinical data managers apply their knowledge of healthcare and database management to analyze clinical data and identify trends and report them. They design and validate clinical databases, which could include designing or testing logic checks. They process clinical data, including the receipt, entry, verification, and filing of information to generate data queries after validation checks or errors and omissions identified during data entry. They do this to resolve unidentified problems.

Clinical data managers develop project-specific data management plans that address coding, reporting, transfer data, database locks, and workflow processes. They monitor the productivity and quality of work to ensure it complies with standard operating processes and procedures and prepare appropriate formatting to data sets when requested. They design the forms used in the receiving, processing, and tracking of data. Clinical data managers need a minimum bachelor's degree in health administration and a concentration in mathematical subjects including statistics.

What responsibilities are common for Clinical Data Manager jobs?
  • Support CRF design, review and validation of clinical database.
  • Assist with the collection, aggregation and analysis of data.
  • Monitor vendor performance to ensure timelines and data quality standards are met.
  • Provide training, mentorship and guidance.
  • Assist with the administrative and financial management of allocated projects.
  • Represent the data management functions in client-facing and internal meetings.
  • Assist with goal creation and performance review assessment for data review project staff.
  • Lead projects to support process improvement through the use of CIS.
  • Incorporate and maintain medical standards in clinical studies for all elements of the medical standards package.
  • Share data arrival and cleanup status and metrics with the study team.
  • Ensure service and quality meet agreed upon specifications per the DMP and scope of work.
  • Contribute to projects and initiatives aimed at improving and optimizing the delivery of DMAR, DSandA, Portfolio and Operations, OSBU.
  • Serve as client contact for project meetings and CDM status updates.
  • Support the assessment, evaluation and selection of CIS applications.
  • Perform a variety of duties relating to Clinical Information Systems (CIS) applications.
  • Perform duties in compliance with SOPs, GCP and ICH guidelines in accordance with regulatory, legal and ethical standards.
  • Develop and delivers study specific training for DM project staff.
  • Serve as a clinical data management expert and provide guidance on CDISC standards.
What are the typical qualifications for Clinical Data Manager jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, nursing, science, or information systems or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with ECRF, CRF, SQL, ECTD, SAS, ETMF, and CCDS software and systems.
  • Experience with Medidata RAVE.
  • Fluency with HIPAA regulations and protocols.
  • Demonstrated capabilities with statistics, writing protocols, data transfer, data sets, and spreadsheets.
  • Is a leader and critical thinker with strict attention to detail and solid collaboration and problem solving capabilities.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.8 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.7 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Clinical Data Manager make?

Confident
$119,845 /yr
Total Pay
$78,425
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$41,420
 /yr

Additional Pay

$119,845

 / yr
$54K$425K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Clinical Data Manager Career Path

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Clinical Data Manager
$119,845/yr
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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
10%
2 - 4
74%
5 - 7
11%
8+
5%
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SalesKenSalesKen
Data Associate
Feb 10, 2022

“This is the best place where we can scale up our skills and people here are very helpful.”

AstraZenecaAstraZeneca
Clinical Data Manager
Jan 23, 2022

“Lots of resources for personal and career development: I got a mentor to answer my questions.”

Bristol Myers SquibbBristol Myers Squibb
Clinical Data Manager
Jun 9, 2020

“I feel there is not a good training program for the exact job you will be performing.”

TamaracTamarac
Data Associate
Jan 28, 2022

“Low pay and advancement is not great.”

Moody's Investors Service
Financial Data Associate
Apr 20, 2022

“People are nice and friendly.”

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, IncAcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Clinical Data Manager
Jul 1, 2022

“Great place to work and gives you hands on experience for career growth”

US Public Health Service
Clinical Informaticist
Oct 5, 2021

“It is a compelling career that will challenge you but also give you space to grow.”

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Clinical Documentation Specialist
Dec 6, 2021

“life and personal life balance is an issue..”

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When working as a Clinical Data Manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Windows Operating Systems, Critical Thinking, Highly Organized, Annotation, and Relational Database.

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