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Clinical Research Coordinator

7 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
165 Master's Degrees Annually
#123 in Popularity
$113,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Clinical Research Coordinator Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many clinical research coordinator graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 165
Basic Certificate 72
Graduate Certificate 66
Associate’s Degree 22
Bachelor’s Degree 7

What Clinical Research Coordinator Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to clinical research coordinator and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Clinical Research Coordinator Majors

Clinical Research Coordinator majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Clinical Research Coordinator Majors

When studying clinical research coordinator, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • 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.

Abilities for Clinical Research Coordinator Majors

As a clinical research coordinator major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Clinical Research Coordinator Major?

People with a clinical research coordinator degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Compliance Managers 8.0% $107,480
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5% $99,730
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8.0% $107,480

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Research Coordinator?

7 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
86% Percent Women
29% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 86% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of clinical research coordinator majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Clinical Research Coordinator Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 4
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

How Much Do Clinical Research Coordinator Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $113,730 to $115,590 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to clinical research coordinator. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with clinical research coordinator may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to clinical research coordinator have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 2.1%
Some College Courses 0.4%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 68.2%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.3%
Master’s Degree 13.4%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.3%

Online Clinical Research Coordinator Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 27 schools offered some type of clinical research coordinator program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 7 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 5 0
Bachelor’s Degree 11 4
Post-Baccalaureate 7 0
Master’s Degree 9 3
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Clinical Research Coordinator Worth It?

The median salary for a clinical research coordinator grad is $113,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 185% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,476,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to clinical research coordinator.

Major Number of Grads
Health Care Management 26,580
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8,933
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 8,765
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 8,662
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 7,619
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 5,305
Hospital & Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 4,620
Medical Office Management/Administration 3,769
Health Information Management 2,848
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 2,426
Medical/Health Management & Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1,262
Medical Reception/Receptionist 745
Long Term Care Administration/Management 314
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant 268
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 186
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 182
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 30
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 14
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor 8

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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