1. What is the size of the industry?
- Clinical Research Industry: Research globally is US$240 billion
industry. Clinical Trials constitute over US$45 billion. Indian industry is currently
is about US$1 billion, growing at 20% per annum. It employs over 15,000+ professionals
in India, and every year over 5,000 new professionals are required.
- Pharmacovigilance: Pharmacovigilance employs over 7,500 professionals
at this stage. Every year industry needs over 5,000 new professionals. All major
pharmaceutical companies are outsourcing pharmacovigilance operations from India.
By year 2020, size of the global Pharmacovigilance industry would be over US$15
billion, out of which India’s share would be close to 25%.
- Medical & Scientific Writing: Over US$1 billion industry size.
India is at the forefront and has major global market share. Over 2,000 new professionals
are required each year, with very speak skills.
- Clinical Data Management & SAS: – most global pharmaceutical companies
are outsourcing their clinical data management activity from India. Over 5,000 new
professionals are hired by the companies each year in this segment.
Over all life / health sciences industry is growing at over 25% per annum, fastest
- Healthcare Industry: Current size of the Indian Healthcare industry
is about US$100 billion, growing at 20% per annum. This includes, hospitals, specialized
clinics, diagnostic labs, specialized health / life style centres, health insurance
2. We read, heard and understand that Clinical Research industry is not strong anymore
and there are no trials happening in India. Does this also impact pharmacovigilance,
clinical data management, biostatistics/SAS, medical writing and regulatory affairs
This is completely misleading. After 2012/13 Supreme Court Case, entire set of new
regulations have been implemented which ensures safety of subjects, audio-video
informed consent, registration of ethics committees, patient compensation, speedy
approvals, and now accreditation of ethics committees, sites and investigators.
Currently over 700 trials are being conducted in India by various Indian and multinational
companies. Clinical trials are growing at a rapid pace again. Moreover, Pharmacovigilance
and other areas are not impacted by this, as these opportunities are independent
of clinical trials. These outsourcing projects have no correlation with any Indian
3. Where would I work?
Pharmaceutical companies; Contract Research Organizations (CROs); Hospitals; IT
Companies; Consulting Firms; Central Labs; Analytical Labs; Biotechnology companies
4. Who are the key employers?
Key Players: We are actively networked with over 100 employers
both Indian and multi national companies. Some important names are - Novartis, Pfizer,
Sun Pharma, Novo Nordisk, Astra Zeneca, Inc Research, Dr. Reddy’s, Quintiles, Covance,
PPD, Accenture, Parexel, MMSH Holdings, TCS, Cognizant, Apollo Hospitals, Max, Reliance,
Apcer, iMed Global, and many more across India.
5. Are fresh graduates / post graduates hired by the companies?
YES absolutely. Fresh graduates / post graduates are rather preferred
for the entry level positions. However, companies clearly want fresh graduates /
post graduates to have special skills and necessary certification / diploma in the
related field. Companies are not keen to provide more training to the new employees,
due to the increasing projects.
6. Are there opportunities for MBBS / BDS / BHMS / BAMS / BPT?
Yes there are significant opportunities in the field of clinical trials, pharmaocvigilance,
medical writing, healthcare management, and health insurance with long term career
MBBS / MD – would start typically as Drug Safety Physician, Medical
Reviewer or in Aggregate Reporting or in the Hospital Management positions.
BDS/ BHMS/BAMS/BPT/MPT would start as Drug Safety Associates and
after few years’ experience would grow into the higher positions. There are several
positions in the hospital management and health insurance as well.
7. What are the opportunities for B.Pharms / M.Pharms / PharmD?
There are ample job opportunities in clinical trials, medical writing and pharmacovigilance,
drug regulatory affairs and clinical data management with proper long term career
What are the opportunities for fresh B.Sc. /B.Tech / M.Sc. / M.Tech Biotech, Life
Sciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, etc.
There are ample opportunities in clinical research, clinical data management, healthcare
& hospital management, health insurance, SAS and drug regulatory affairs. In pharmacovigilance
jobs, first preference is given to the medical and pharmacy graduates and post graduates.
8. What are the starting salaries for fresh graduates / post graduates with necessary
MBBS/MD – Rs.7 lakh to Rs.12 lakhs
BDS/BHMS/BAMS/BPT – Rs.2.5 to Rs.3 lakhs per annum
B.Pharm/M.Pharm/PharmD – Rs.2.3 lakh to Rs.3 lakh per annum
B.Sc. / B.Tech / M.Sc. – Rs.2 lakh to Rs. 3 lakhs
Annual salary increments are close to 20%, depending upon the company policy.
9. What are key entry level job roles?
Clinical Research: Clinical Research Coordinator, Trainee Clinical
Research Associate, Clinical Research Associate.
Pharmacovigilance: Drug Safety Associate, Drug Safety Physician,
Data Analyst, Pharmacovigilance Associate, Process Associate.
Clinical Data Management / SAS: Data Analyst, Clinical Data Analyst,
Clinical Data Coordinator, Process Associate, Clinical Data Associate.
Medical Writing: Medical Writer, Medical & Scientific Writer, Content
Writer, Scientific Writer.
Hospital Management: Operations; Health Insurance Management; Floor
Management; Clinical Services Management.
10. Which are the main cities for employment?
Delhi NCR Region
11. Does Cliniminds Provides Placement?
Yes absolutely, Cliniminds provides excellent placement support to its students.
Cliniminds has been providing job placements in this industry since 2005. Over 6,000
students have been placed till date.
Our placement process is very comprehensive. We prepare students for the core specialization,
job roles, interviews, written tests, group discussions, personality development,
communication skills and much more.
After this training, we arrange interviews with the employers. We provide interview
support to the student till the time they are placed.
12. Are you providing placements to Online / Distance Learning Students?
Yes, we have Equal Placement Opportunity Program. So we do provide the placement
support and arrange interviews for Online/Distance Learning students. From time
to time we conduct special sessions to train our students to appear for interviews.
13. Do you provide Internships? Are these internships provided with the companies?
Are these internships paid?
Internships are provided to the fresh graduates after completion of the 3 months
class room program. However, if you are able to qualify for the job interview, you
may directly join the job. In some programs internships are mandatory.
Yes all the internships are provided with various companies. Some companies pay
the stipend during the period and some don’t. This is the company policy and we
do not have any control on this issue.
14. Are there any overseas job opportunities?
Yes, once you acquire experience in India, you could explore international opportunities.
You must ensure that you qualify the immigration criteria for that country or your
employer should be able to get you the work permit. Markets like North America,
Europe, South East Asia, Middle East offer significant opportunities.
15. What are the Entrepreneurship / Business Opportunities?
Once you acquire sufficient experience, this sector offers ample business / entrepreneurship
opportunities. Last 15 years have produced hundreds of successful startups in the
life / health sciences domain. This has helped India in becoming an attractive destination
for outsourcing in the life / health sciences domain.
16. What are the Accreditations / Certification Cliniminds has?
Cliniminds is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Clinical Research Education,
United States and Pharmaceutical Society of India, not for profit Industry academia
society. These are industry accreditations, which reflects that we are following
industry guidelines and standards. In today’s business scenario, it is important
to address the training needs of the industry in such professional programs.
17. Are your programs Government UGC/AICTE recognized?
No – these programs are out of the ambit of AICTE / UGC. As of now these programs
are not there in the AICTE / UGC list. Hence, there is no need to apply to AICTE/UGC
as of now.
18. Can we apply for the government jobs?
There are limited government jobs in this sector. Over 95% job opportunities are
in the private sector. Government has their own recruitment policies, and vacancies
are published on the website of CDSCO, Government of India or State Drug Controllers’
websites from time to time.
19. Do I need to relocate for the job?
This depends upon the opportunities which are available from time to time. At times
there are attractive job opportunities with good employers may not be located in
your city. In such situations it is advisable to relocate. Also acquiring experience
in the other cities would help be helpful in long run when you are ready for middle
to senior management positions. Companies professional with the broad exposure open
20. What is the Difference between online & distance learning / eLearning?
In the online/distance learning program you would receive printed books, online
access to all study material through our learning system, all exams online, software
training (optional), and assured placement support. All online programs are accredited
and certified. Certificate does not carry the word ‘Online’. In the eLearning mode,
in addition to above online/distance benefits, you would also receive live eClasses
with senior industry experts. There are not recorded sessions. Assured placement
support is provided. Program coordinator would discuss with the schedule and plan
the sessions accordingly.
21. What is the placement program for working professionals / salaries?
Working professionals are provided customized placement solutions. The customization
is done by our recruitment / HR experts keeping in view the experience, qualification
and interest of the candidate. However, salary growth is always discussed between
you and employer. We always try to get you better job profile / salary in comparison
to your existing. However, in case you are changing the field to totally new domain
salary may again be subject to discussion between you and employer.
22. Can final year students apply for this course?
Yes, final year students can apply and join the program. However, you need to produce
your result/degree/course completion certificate from the University before your
placement interviews are conducted.
23. How does the online program work?
You would receive an email with your person user id log in and password. Once you
log in, you could change your password. After log in you would be able to see your
program modules, presentations, notes and link to test. Test would only be activated,
once you have opened your online presentations and notes. Upon completion of all
the online tests successfully, you would receive the Online Certificate on email
after 48 hours of completion of tests.
24. How would I get my Diploma / Certificates / Transcript?
Upon completion of all the online tests successfully, you would receive the Online
Certificate on email after 48 hours of completion of tests. Printed & Signed original
certificate and transcript would be sent within 15 days of the program completion
by courier at your registered address.
For the classroom programs, you would receive the certificate & transcript after
successful completion of your program. You would receive both digital copy and original
printed and signed copy.
25. What is the duration of the programs?
Duration of the program varies from program to program. Kindly refer to the specific
program brochure / prospectus or speak with the Counselling team.