Top Skills For Validation and Regulatory Compliance Professionals

Top Skills For Validation and Regulatory Compliance Professionals

Data management skills are vital for success in any industry, but they are especially important for Validation and Regulatory Compliance professionals working in FDA regulated industries.

A new study on skills in the workplace, commissioned by Learning Management System provider Digits, has revealed that one of the most important skills that you need to succeed in the workplace is Data Management.

Data management skills are in high demand from potential employers since they allow you to use available data to support a company's overall regulatory objectives. Even if you aren't applying for a database management role directly, being able to show even some data management skills on your cover letter and resume can position you as a highly competitive candidate for job openings.

Having the right data management skills can help you succeed in a regulated industry such as pharmaceuticals, biotech, medical device and manufacturing, while having poor or incorrect data management skills could lead to failure or even legal ramifications.

In this article, we will cover what you need to know about data management for FDA regulated industries and how you can improve your own data management skills so that you can be successful in your career.

 What is Data Management

Data management is the process of collecting, organizing and storing data. It's also developing systems to access that data quickly and effectively in order to make better business decisions. In today's world, data analysis plays a vital role in almost every industry, but is critically important for the manufacturing of drugs and medical devices and healthcare

There are different kinds of data management skills that you need to manage and use data. If you're trying to improve your data management skills, we will be covering five areas where you should focus on in future articles.

Data management involves a broad scope of practices, tasks, procedures and policies. It covers factors such as:

  •  Ensuring data security and data privacy
  • Creating, updating and accessing data over a diverse data tier
  • Using data in increasing number of analytics, apps and algorithms
  • Storing data across a various number of premises and clouds
  • Providing disaster recovery and high availability
  • Archiving and erasing data following compliance requirements and retention schedules


Data management is about organization. It's about organizing your data, organizing the people who work on it, and organizing your plan for how you're going to access and use that data.

Organization is a skill that can be learned, practiced, and improved upon. If you're looking for ways to improve your organization skills before starting a job in data management or even applying for one:

  • Take time to write down all of the steps involved with accessing and using the data you need. How do you find it? How do others access it? What are their questions and concerns? How will they share their findings back with everyone else who needs those results?
  • Create a list of things that might go wrong when dealing with different kinds of information (like missing files or documents).
  • Write down solutions for each problem so that if there ever are any problems, they won't be as daunting as they would otherwise feel. This will also help you think through possible issues as well as what happens if things don't go according to plan--which is often inevitable!


Problem-solving is a skill that is necessary in most jobs. If you’re trying to get hired, you want to show that you have this ability by demonstrating how quickly and effectively you can solve problems. This could be something as straightforward as handling customer complaints or as complex as developing an algorithm for a social media app.

Whatever situation arises, make sure that your solution can be clearly communicated to others through writing or speaking so they know exactly what the problem was and how it was resolved (or not).


Data analysis is the process of examining data to detect patterns, trends, and anomalies. Data analysts use software tools to help them find these patterns in the data, but they also use their knowledge of programming languages and statistical analysis methods to ensure that their work is correct.

Data analysts often require a degree in statistics or mathematics. Some organizations may hire people without an advanced degree but still require extensive experience with specific software packages. Regardless of whether you have a bachelor's degree or not, it's important for you to learn how to analyze data effectively if you want a job as a data analyst.

Attention to detail

Attention to detail is the ability to recognize and remember small things in a work environment. This skill is important because it allows you to notice when something does not look right, or when something is missing. This can help you catch mistakes before they occur or ensure that your coworkers are doing their job correctly.

You can improve your attention to detail by practicing it more often in everyday life, such as when shopping or cooking at home. You can also practice paying close attention when someone else is talking so that you don't miss anything important they say!

For example: Your boss asks you if there are any important projects due next week, but all of the dates are crossed out on his calendar! If he doesn't know about them now and then assigns them at random later (instead of giving each project its own due date), chances are good he'll miss his deadline because he didn't see it coming.


As a Validation and Regulatory Compliance professional, you may not be a data scientists but you will work with a wide variety of people and data sets in a regulated environment. It is essential that you have the ability to learn new skills quickly, collaborate with others, make decisions independently and adapt to an ever-changing environment.

When you are analyzing large amounts of data in order to improve your company’s regulatory business or product offering, it’s important that you can handle the complexities of working with different types of information — whether it be structured or unstructured — as well as identifying issues with existing systems or processes.

Additionally, if you want to achieve success in this field then being able to work effectively within teams is vital because there will always be someone else who knows more about certain aspects than yourself; therefore, having good communication skills is imperative for building relationships with colleagues and communicating effectively across different departments

Data gathering and management

Data gathering and management is the first step in the data analysis process. You must gather relevant information before you can analyze it and draw conclusions.

There are several ways to do this:

  • Observation - Observing people's behavior and recording what they do, say and how they feel about certain things.
  • Surveys - Asking questions to a group of people (or even just one person) about their opinions on something that happened.
  • Interviews - When you ask questions to someone in person instead of sending them a survey or asking them over the phone.

These skills are important in any job that involves collecting, processing, and/or storing data.

Data management skills are important in any job that involves collecting, processing, and/or storing data. Data is an essential part of our world today—from transferring money to paying for your morning coffee with a debit card to checking the weather forecast on your phone before you head out the door. Data skills are useful in all kinds of careers across industries from healthcare to high tech.

How to improve your data management skills

You can improve your data management skills by:

  • Practicing. Practice makes perfect! The more you do the better you'll become. Don't be afraid to make mistakes in the beginning because those will teach you valuable lessons that will help shape your career in data management.
  • Learning from others' mistakes. If a colleague makes a mistake, take note of it and avoid making similar mistakes yourself! It's also helpful to learn from other people's successes so that you can utilize their knowledge and incorporate it into your own workflows as well.
  • Getting feedback from others on how they approach certain challenges—this is especially valuable if they're experts in the field or have faced similar challenges before.
  • Reading books and articles about data management—there are many resources available online with information about best practices for managing various types of data (e-Book).
  • Taking courses such as this course on Data Management


We hope this post has helped you understand the importance of data management skills needed to advance your career in FDA regulated industries.

As we discussed in our first section, it is important to have these skills in order to be successful in today's job market.  With that being said, there are many ways that you can improve your knowledge and showcase them during an interview process so that employers notice!

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