Overview

Those who wish to be clinical research coordinators should have a foundational science background, such as chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, clinical research pharmacology, clinical research management, biomedical ethics, or health psychology. These classes are integrated into a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Research. This particular bachelor’s program teaches students not only the foundations of science and medicine; it also teaches how to perform accurate and organized clinical tests.

Many four-year universities offer programs in clinical research. Most students who want to go down this path must take core classes in science, humanities, and math before they can declare clinical research as their major.

After earning at least a bachelor’s degree in clinical research, many students will need to take the Clinical Research Professionals examination to achieve certification as clinical research coordinators. These exams are taken after a vocational course in clinical research is completed. The certification program is made up of eight to twelve different courses that provide expertise in many different research areas including regulations, lab skills, coordination, management, communication, analysis, and pharmacology.

What are Clinical Research Coordinators like?

Investigative

Based on our pool of users, clinical research coordinators tend to be predominately investigative people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Clinical Research Coordinators by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 469 Sokanu users

Are Clinical Research Coordinators happy?

27%Happy

Clinical research coordinators rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 27th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Clinical Research Coordinator Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Clinical Research Coordinators

The most common degree held by clinical research coordinators is Psychology. 22% of clinical research coordinators had a degree in psychology before becoming clinical research coordinators. That is over 3 times the average across all careers. Biology graduates are the second most common among clinical research coordinators, representing 12% of clinical research coordinators in the Sokanu user base, which is 3.4 times the average.

Clinical Research Coordinator Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Clinical Research Coordinator, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of clinical research coordinators % of population Multiple
Psychology 22.0% 6.6% 3.3×
Biology 11.9% 3.5% 3.4×
Community And Public Health 9.3% 0.8% 11.6×
Neuroscience 2.8% 0.5% 5.2×
Anthropology And Archeology 2.5% 1.2% 2.1×
English Literature 2.1% 4.8% 0.4×
Cognitive Science 1.7% 0.1% 11.5×
Business Management And Administration 1.7% 6.4% 0.3×
Sociology 1.7% 2.0% 0.8×
Biochemical Sciences 1.5% 0.5% 2.9×
Philosophy And Religious Studies 1.5% 1.5% 1.0×
Liberal Arts 1.3% 1.8% 0.7×
History 1.3% 2.2% 0.6×
Counseling Psychology 1.3% 0.3% 3.6×
Human Resources 1.1% 1.0% 1.1×
Biomedical Engineering 1.1% 0.4% 3.0×
Chemistry 1.1% 1.0% 1.0×
Economics 1.1% 3.8% 0.3×

Clinical Research Coordinator Education Levels

56% of clinical research coordinators have a bachelor's degree. 17% of clinical research coordinators have an associate's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 8%
Associate's degree 17%
Bachelor's degree 56%
Master's degree 12%
Doctorate degree 8%

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