Careers in Clinical Research

Why opt for a career in clinical research?

This emerging industry requires 10,000 trained persons every year in India. However, only 1,000 persons are trained and certified annually. As per industry estimates, the requirement will grow to over 50,000 over the next five years.

There are a spectrum of roles and avenues in this industry like bio-availability and bio-equivalence studies, site management, data management, pharmacovigilance, quality assurance, medical writing and Bio-IT solutions Such multiple opportunities are available in pharmaceutical companies, CROs, SMOs, investigator sites, central laboratories, and other allied players that are fast setting up operations in India.

The following are the various career pathways available to clinical research professionals:

SEGMENT 1 describes the career pathways for medical graduates and post-graduates. This segment supports the clinical trial management in critical areas such as safety monitoring and management, regulatory submission and approval, medical writing, therapeutic training to the clinical operations, and study team. This segment is essentially the scientific and medical support arm of any organisation and contributes in an important way for the “make or break” decision making.

SEGMENT 2 is very crucial, and is called the management arm of the CR business. This arm contributes to the bottom line of the CR business and constitutes 60%–70% of the CR manpower. The professionals in great demand in this segment are the CRAs and Project Managers, who are essentially the field force and revenue earners for most CROs and pharma companies that are required for budgeting.

SEGMENT 3 also plays a crucial role and is the analytical arm of the CR career model. The professionals involved in this segment have a statistical and programming back ground. They play a major role in the beginning of trial design and at the end to analyse and statistically interpret the data to derive conclusions.

SEGMENT 4 is the support arm of the CR model. These individuals bring business, identify and recruit the right professionals, manage finance and provide training to the core teams.

SEGMENT 5 the investigators, are the real lifeline of the CR business and they provide tremendous support as the study staff in the hospital—set up for patient care, follow-up, and compliance in clinical trials. Without their support, the CR business would not be able to operate.