It is the process of managing data arising out of trials conducted on human subjects before a drug is launched in the market. It is an integral part of clinical trials and involves collection, integration and validation of data.
Graduates and post graduates in life sciences (pharmacy, medicine and bio-sciences with any of the following subjects like botany, zoology, chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, bio-technology, BAMS, BHMS), nurses, doctors, medical transcriptionists, biostatisticians, medical representatives are all eligible.
Starting salaries for Clinical Data Management professions are approximately 2.5 lacs for persons without work experience. With a year or more of work experience this figure can start at 3 lacs.
Depending on your individual interests and skills you may be eligible for, or grow into, any of the following positions: Clinical Data Processors, Data Validation Associates, Clinical Data Managers/Coordinators, CRF Developers, Medical Coders, Clinical data base designers, Data Management Team Lead, Project Manager, Lead Data Manager and so on.
This is because they have the required domain knowledge and understanding of clinical terminologies that saves companies time and money on training new entrants.
You would be eligible for jobs available within the CDM division of top pharmaceutical companies like Novartis, Contract Research Organizations like Quintiles, Parexel, Manipal Acunova and ICON and KPOs like Accenture, Cognizant and Tata Consultancy Services.
It generally does not involve travelling since it is an in-house job.
Many companies work regular general shifts, however it will depend on the specific company and project in which you are involved.
Clinical Data Management is an allied science; computer programming is not a requirement. Basic understanding of clinical research fundamentals and thorough knowledge of CDM processes is however required.
SAS (Statistical Analysis System) is the de facto standard for data analysis. You would need to learn SAS if you wish to enter the clinical data analysis domain. For clinical data management, it isn’t a necessity.
Oracle Clinical is a product of Oracle Corp. This was the first ever application to streamline the process management of data generated in clinical trials. It is now the de-facto standard for Clinical data management and has functionality built in for all necessary processes.
Working/Functional knowledge of at least one Clinical Data Management system (CDMS) such as Oracle Clinical is sufficient to be eligible for any jobs in CDM. Hence working on projects which use any such software would result in a much more comprehensive learning that would increase your chances of being hired.