Clinical Data Managers

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About the Job

Apply knowledge of health care and database management to analyze clinical data, and to identify and report trends.

It is also Called

  • Data Management Specialist
  • Data Management Manager
  • Data Deliverables Manager
  • Data Coordinator
  • Clinical Trials Data Coordinator
  • Clinical Statistics Manager
  • Clinical Statistical Programmer
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Clinical Informatics Manager
  • Clinical Informaticist
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What They Do

  • Provide support and information to functional areas such as marketing, clinical monitoring, and medical affairs.
  • Develop or select specific software programs for various research scenarios.
  • Train staff on technical procedures or software program usage.
  • Read technical literature and participate in continuing education or professional associations to maintain awareness of current database technology and best practices.
  • Contribute to the compilation, organization, and production of protocols, clinical study reports, regulatory submissions, or other controlled documentation.
  • Supervise the work of data management project staff.
  • Track the flow of work forms, including in-house data flow or electronic forms transfer.
  • Write work instruction manuals, data capture guidelines, or standard operating procedures.
  • Develop technical specifications for data management programming and communicate needs to information technology staff.
  • Evaluate processes and technologies, and suggest revisions to increase productivity and efficiency.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Achievement, but also value Support and Recognition in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.


In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $78,700 with most people making between $45,470 and $122,400


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,160 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 2,470 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 31 openings due to growth and about 39 replacement openings for approximately 70 total annual openings.

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