I am often asked about “hot” alternate career paths. Sadly, even alternate career opportunities for PhD-trained scientists have waned in recent years. However, there is and will continue to be a rising demand for clinical research professionals. This is because life sciences companies are more keenly focused on drug development (which includes human clinical trials) than they are on drug discovery.
The transition from a basic to clinical research career is not an easy one; mainly because clinical research encompasses a wide and diverse range of skills that are often not offered to most graduate students or postdocs during their training. That said, those of you who are willing to take the plunge should read a great article entitled Training New Clinical Research Professionals To Work On The Front Line by Eduardo F. Motti, MD in the July/August 2013 issue of Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Magazine.
Dr. Motti offers an incisive view of the burgeoning clinical research field and the skills sets and training that are required for persons interested in gaining employment in this field.
Until next time…
Good Luck and Good Job Hunting!!!!!!!!!