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PROJECT MANAGER - CLINICAL TRIALS: A Job Where You Are Making A Difference

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Amy's job is to work with government funded groups that are doing HIV/AIDS clinical trials research. She works to help different groups around the world collaborate and build consensus on the research. She tells us that she wishes she would have done more informational interviews with people when she was younger because you can learn a lot about jobs that you may be interested in that way.

Degree: Philosophy
Job Title: Federal Government Coordinator

Job Summary: General and Operations Managers

Job Description

Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$45,000 - $145,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Leadership ability, Organizational skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented, People skills, Public speaking ability

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<span m='9910'>cool.</span> <span m='10815'>And</span> <span m='11200'>my</span> <span m='11380'>job</span> <span m='11800'>is</span> <span m='12040'>to</span> <span m='12170'>work</span> <span m='12410'>with</span> <span m='12770'>the</span> <span m='13220'>groups</span> <span m='13590'>funded</span> <span m='13820'>by</span> <span m='13960'>the</span> <span m='14060'>federal</span> <span m='14370'>government</span> <span m='14810'>here</span> <span m='15090'>in</span> <span m='15200'>the</span> <span m='15270'>US</span> <span m='15880'>to</span> <span m='16219'>do</span> <span m='16520'>HIV/AIDS</span> <span m='17360'>clinical</span> <span m='17700'>trials</span> <span m='18190'>research.</span> </p><p><span m='19120'>So</span> <span m='19210'>we</span> <span m='19350'>work</span> <span m='19610'>with</span> <span m='19740'>groups</span> <span m='20050'>doing</span> <span m='20470'>similar</span> <span m='20760'>things</span> <span m='21090'>all</span> <span m='21300'>over</span> <span m='21430'>the</span> <span m='21520'>world,</span> <span m='22530'>and</span> <span m='22840'>my</span> <span m='22990'>group</span> <span m='23330'>is</span> <span m='23810'>charged</span> <span m='24290'>with</span> <span m='24420'>making</span> <span m='24740'>them</span> <span m='24790'>work</span> <span m='25030'>well</span> <span m='25270'>together.</span> <span m='25810'>So</span> <span m='26150'>it's</span> <span m='26370'>a</span> <span m='26970'>tricky</span> <span m='27280'>thing</span> <span m='27570'>to</span> <span m='27640'>do.</span> <span m='28360'>It</span> <span m='28660'>means</span> <span m='29120'>building</span> <span m='29460'>consensus,</span> <span m='30270'>and</span> <span m='30730'>fostering</span> <span m='31270'>collaboration,</span> <span m='31990'>and</span> <span m='32110'>getting</span> <span m='32360'>people</span> <span m='32820'>sometimes</span> <span m='33290'>to do</span> <span m='33410'>things</span> <span m='33720'>they</span> <span m='33840'>wouldn't</span> <span m='34150'>think</span> <span m='34690'>would</span> <span m='34800'>be</span> <span m='35420'>interesting</span> <span m='35910'>to</span> <span m='36010'>them</span> <span m='36270'>or</span> <span m='36530'>advantageous.</span> </p><p><span m='38280'>I</span> <span m='38480'>came</span> <span m='38820'>to</span> <span m='39100'>HIV</span> <span m='39720'>research</span> <span m='40500'>in</span> <span m='40770'>a weird</span> <span m='41155'>way.</span> <span m='41820'>I</span> <span m='42180'>actually</span> <span m='42600'>started</span> <span m='42950'>off in</span> <span m='43130'>philosophy.</span> <span m='44060'>And</span> <span m='44330'>I</span> <span m='44440'>was</span> <span m='44620'>doing</span> <span m='44730'>school</span> <span m='45330'>that</span> <span m='45610'>made</span> <span m='45850'>no sense</span> <span m='46010'>to</span> <span m='46540'>the</span> <span m='46630'>real</span> <span m='46870'>world</span> <span 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