A career in clinical operations can take you anywhere within the clinical research network, the sky’s the limit really. As we know clinical operations is key to the smooth running of a clinical trial and therefore a role within this area of the drug development process will no doubt lead to further opportunities. Being positioned centrally with the process of a trial puts most people in front of a number of key opinion leaders and major stakeholders, which consequently builds an individual’s network of contacts. This can help greatly in creating opportunities and having your talent noticed.
Upward and sideways moves are therefore more prevalent within the clinical operations sector and these moves can happen relatively quickly due to the vast contacts network. The natural progression within clinical operations is to move up to Clinical Director or Clinical Operations Lead, where the overall operational running of a trial is your responsibility. That said further developments can lead to heading up a particular therapy area department and/or moving somewhat sideways into clinical development, where you’ll be more involved in the design of a trial, how it functions and the science behind the trial.