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Table 3 Top three perceived enablers of career development

From: Where do we go from here? – Opportunities and barriers to the career development of trial managers: a survey of UK-based trial management professionals

 Top three professional development opportunities
All respondentsTrainingTrial designQualifications
Length of time in a trial management role
  <1–5 yearsTrainingQualificationsTrial design
 6- >10 yearsTrainingTrial designQualifications
Salary scale
  <£35,000TrainingQualificationsTrial design
  >£35,000TrainingTrial designAcademic writing
Previously promoted
 YesTrainingTrial designQualifications, academic writing, assist with funding
 NoTrainingQualificationsTrial design
Based in a registered clinical trials unit
 YesTrainingTrial designQualifications, academic writing
 NoTrainingQualificationsTrial design
Academic grade/pathway
 ProfessionalTrainingTrial designQualifications
 ResearchAcademic writingTrainingTrial design
  1. Full wording for each opportunity is as follows: “Training” – to attend relevant training courses; “Trial design” – to help in the design of trials; “Qualifications” – to undertake qualifications applicable to trial management; “Academic writing” – to contribute to academic writing and publications; “Assist with funding” – to assist with obtaining funding for trials