The Clinical Research World
Certified Clinical Research Professionals
As discussed earlier in the previous article, there is a wide range of certified clinical research professionals in the clinical research doing groundbreaking breakthroughs in the clinical field.
Let's take a look at other major professionals that help the clinical research industry to function effectively.
CLINICAL RESEARCH EPIDEMIOLOGISTS
WHO IS A CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST?
A clinical epidemiologist studies diseases and provides information to public health networks about disease prevention and control. These professionals work in a variety of environments, such as an office, lab, or a medical setting with doctors. A master's degree with a specialization in public health is the common education requirement for clinical epidemiologists
Few careers allow the ability to impact human health and global policies the way a career as a clinical research epidemiologist allows. People walking this careers in public health path have the exciting task of discovering how and why diseases happen and how to prevent the spread and recurrence of these diseases. Do you have what it takes for a fulfilling career as an epidemiologist?
Requirements for Epidemiologists
Before you dive right in with thoughts of saving the world from the next round of bird or swing flu, it’s a good idea to learn what it takes to make this career path happen. Let’s look at education and skill set to start.
In a field like this, education is very critical. Educational work in the following fields is highly useful in preparing for a future career as a clinical research epidemiologist;
• Biological sciences
• Physical sciences
Certain skills are desired among people in the field of clinical research epidemiology, including critical thinking skills, communication skills, and the ability to teach. Epidemiologists are often called upon to provide community outreach and public health information services that make communicating and teaching effectively essential skills in this career.
There are several specializations people interested in clinical research epidemiology can pursue. These lead to different, but equally rewarding career paths for those who pursue them. The following specializations are among the most common ;
• Infectious diseases
• Chronic diseases
The key is for students to find specializations that spark their interests.
Pay for an epidemiologist is $65,270 per year or $31.38 per hour. The income varies greatly depending on the industry.
CLINICAL DATA MANAGERS
A clinical data manager is one who is highly responsible for the success of clinical research. The goal of all clinical research is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, in-vitro diagnostics devices, and treatments to support market claims or regulatory submissions. They manage all the aspects of clinical data collection and dissemination. Clinical data managers are the keys to a successfully conducted clinical research, as they develop data collection tools best equipped for the clinical trial process and leading the decision making process for data collection.
Requirements for Data Managers
In a field like this, education is very critical. Educational work in the following fields is highly useful in preparing for a future career as a clinical research data manager;
• Biological sciences
• Statistics Analysis
• Physical sciences
• Clinical Data Collection
• Data management
• Clinical Protocols
They ensure that clinical trial data are validated, collected, and completed in line with clinical protocols, these protocols are reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Regulatory Agencies.
As a clinical data manager, you are expected to have leadership skills for the training of team members, the evaluation of staff performance, and resolution of issues that bother on clinical data collection. They create and maintain both data management plans and case report forms. They are also responsible for ensuring that all data management activities are completed accurately to be transferred to the statistical analysis team.
Clinical data managers that are in high demand are those with advanced computer science skills. Technology is a major revolutionary change and being able to take advantage and use it efficiently is a huge plus. Electronic Data Capture (EDC) systems makes it more efficient to collect long term data. Clinical data managers work both in the public and private institutions; IVD companies, medical devices companies, biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies, and clinical research organisations (CROs).
The pay for an epidemiologist is $95,654 per year. The income varies greatly depending on the industry.
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