Not many jobs offer the same types of perks and benefits along with fairly high salary pay as pharmaceutical sales does. The task of helping well educated medical professionals treat their patients better is quite special. Here is some career information on a pharmaceutical sales career and the different possible routes that a drug representative can take.
Many drug companies have different levels of pharmaceutical sales representatives with sales forces divided into those who call on mostly general family physicians and those who call on hospital medical specialists. The specialist positions are considered a more senior level with higher salaries. Although both levels are still considered pharmaceutical sales jobs, in many aspects, the specialist position is a very different job compared to the general rep level. Specialist reps often have the additional role of identifying and developing medical speakers among top specialist physicians in teaching centers.
Many pharmaceutical sales representatives eventually get promoted to become sales managers, marketing product managers, sales trainers and other senior management positions. In fact, most pharmaceutical companies consider being in the sales force for a number of years is a prerequisite for advancement into any other positions in the company. It is said that those who wish to become marketing managers or other executive level positions will have to 'carry the bag' for at least a few years in order to get field experience. 'Carry the bag' refers to the brief cases that pharmaceutical representatives carry with them throughout the day.
There are many pharmaceutical sales representatives who choose not to ever become managers even if they have been offered the opportunities for promotions. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. Many career sales reps make a great deal of money from the combination of salaries and bonuses, particularly the high sales achievers. Some of these reps live in regions located far away from pharmaceutical head offices and would not dream of relocating for a promotion. One can imagine that a senior rep making good money in a scenic area with low costs of living will certainly have a great lifestyle without having to move to a large city to become a manager.
Then again, many drug reps just like being out in the field as opposed to working inside an office like marketing and training managers do. They just wanted to do what they like doing best which was selling. So there's absolutely nothing wrong with being a career rep.
A pharmaceutical sales career is among the most rewarding in the working world.
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