Clinical Data Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Applies knowledge of health care and database management to analyze clinical data, and to identify and report trends.

This career is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics cluster Science and Mathematics pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Designs and validates clinical databases including designing or testing logic checks.
  • Processes clinical data, including receipt, entry, verification, or filing of information.
  • Generates data queries based on validation checks or errors and omissions identified during data entry to resolve identified problems.
  • Develops project-specific data management plans that address areas such as data coding, reporting, or transfer, database locks, and work flow processes.
  • Monitors work productivity or quality to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures.
  • Prepares appropriate formatting to data sets as requested.
  • Prepares data analysis listings and activity, performance, or progress reports.
  • Designs forms for receiving, processing, or tracking data.
  • Confers with end users to define or implement clinical system requirements such as data release formats, delivery schedules, and testing protocols.
  • Performs quality control audits to ensure accuracy, completeness, or proper usage of clinical systems and data.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Clinical Research Associate --
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  • Data Management Manager --
  • Data Management Specialist --