Clinical data specialists work primarily for pharmaceutical companies and research departments of various universities and are responsible for providing data management support for a variety of clinical projects. They support studies and projects from start to finish while reviewing clinical trial data, and they must also identify data trends and areas of improvement based on data entry verification for specific projects.
After reviewing data, clinical data specialists must write data management plans and generate reports to identify processes which should be improved. They work closely with clinical research scientists and other professionals, and should be able to work independently as well as in a team environment. Strong written and verbal communication skills are important in this position, and they should also keep themselves up-to-date in their field by reading relevant professional and scientific journals.
Employers generally require candidates to have a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and in-depth knowledge of electronic data capture (EDC) systems and related software. Clinical data specialists must be able to use analytical and scientific software, and proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is important in order to create scientific documents, graphs, and slides for presentation. They may also attend various workshops and conferences as required by their employers or on a voluntary basis to keep their scientific and technological skills up-to-date.
Clinical Data Specialist Tasks
Identify opportunities for continuous improvement in workplace processes through implementation of advanced technology solutions.
Ensure that goals and timelines for data management projects are completed on time.
Conduct data management and ensure that all data is converted into easy-to-understand reports.
Work with co-workers to report bugs in the system and work with engineers to ensure that fixes to procedure are practical and helpful.