Pharmaceutical Sales? - page 3

Have any of you fellow nurses had any experience with this? I was talking to a few people *non-nurses* who said that there is good money in this, etc. They said being a nurse would be an advantage. I... Read More

  1. by   Rep
    Before I came here, I worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative. Yes, it is a very rewarding job, Aside from a basic salary, I have meals allowances, lodging expenses are reimbursible and I am provided with a budget that I can used for marketing puropses like bring a doctor to dinner, etc. I also have free insurance and other benefits. If I met my sales target I get commissions/incentives from that. In sales, the more you do, the more rewards in return.

    One thing I can say, is the job is mentally stressful in a sense that when I am at home with my family I am still thinking whether I made the right sales presentation to the doctor or is he going to prescribe my product?

    And it is an advantage if one has a nursing background. I have seen a lot of nurses who became successful in this field going as high to becoming a marketing director.

    To sum it up, I am happy that I worked as a pharma rep.



    Quote from Jesskanurse
    Have any of you fellow nurses had any experience with this? I was talking to a few people *non-nurses* who said that there is good money in this, etc. They said being a nurse would be an advantage. I am not saying I want to jump up and do this, but I'd like to know what you guys think.

    Jess
  2. by   Nurset1981
    Can I just say Cha-Ching! They make good money around here. I had an offer come my way a few months ago and it was upwards of 65k. I should have taken it but it was a lot of travelling. Its good if your single and don't have kids, or if you find a company that only requires local travel. They offer good mileage reimbursment, laptops, inservices in Florida, among other things..
  3. by   angel337
    i have a couple of friends that are reps that used to be nurses and they don't regret it all. both of these women knew they would hate hospital nursing so they did the one year of bedside experience and got out. there is crap in every job (literally for some of us). at least reps don't have to worry about weekends and holidays:wink2:
  4. by   el_chinito
    You have to also chose the right drug company. A lot of drug firm's pipelines are running dry as they lose their patents and their drugs go generic. Also stay away from a company like Merck that is facing unlimited Vioxx liability.
  5. by   am17sg05
    i worked for more than 4 years as a psychiatric nurse after graduation.then just got tired and wanted something different so i worked as a medical/pharmaceutical representative.the pay is good especially if your product is selling good in the market.i didn't have sales experience but i was able to do it for a year.
  6. by   HARRN2b
    Right before I started my prereq's I got an offer to be a pharma rep. 45k base plus commission. I turned it down. I want to go to nursing school. I have been a rep all my life. Rep jobs CAN be good jobs, but if you loose your job, good luck finding another one. With nursing, as far as I understand, if you loose your job, you can always find another one. I was with one company for 10 years (everyone would know the name), they decided they needed newer (read younger) blood so they restructured and let many people go. One guy was 53 and 2 years away from retirement. He worked for them his entire career life but they let him go 2 years from retirement so they would not have to pay bennies.
    Welcome to corporate America. I have been there and done that!
  7. by   chestrockwell
    Quote from hug4mom
    I agree with the last two posts. When so many americans are struggling to pay for their RX's, I couldn't work for an industry that's all about $$$$$$$$.

    So who do you think should pay for their medicines?
  8. by   girlpassow69
    I am a nursing student but have been in sales for 12 years prior to going back to school. I actually considered pharma sales but after talking to a few reps decided not to go that route. Personally, I would take a good look at things like, do you want a family someday? I am assuming that you could always fall back on nursing but keep in mind that successful sales reps put in a TON of hours. Yes, they do make great money but it is a profession that requires travel, and in most cases, 40++ hrs per week (from home, at night, etc). I loved my sales job until I got married and had my first baby. Don't get me wrong, pharma companies have a lot to offer but I think some people veiw sales positions as "cake" jobs where people get paid a lot of money for minimal work. On the other hand, if you are truely thinking this is the route for you, a nursing degree will be very helpful in getting your foot in the door.
  9. by   Jesskanurse
    Quote from girlpassow69
    I am a nursing student but have been in sales for 12 years prior to going back to school. I actually considered pharma sales but after talking to a few reps decided not to go that route. Personally, I would take a good look at things like, do you want a family someday? I am assuming that you could always fall back on nursing but keep in mind that successful sales reps put in a TON of hours. Yes, they do make great money but it is a profession that requires travel, and in most cases, 40++ hrs per week (from home, at night, etc). I loved my sales job until I got married and had my first baby. Don't get me wrong, pharma companies have a lot to offer but I think some people veiw sales positions as "cake" jobs where people get paid a lot of money for minimal work. On the other hand, if you are truely thinking this is the route for you, a nursing degree will be very helpful in getting your foot in the door.
    Well... I do want a family someday, but as I see it, I'm young, I want to travel, and I could use the money for saving (house, etc.) I've been told by many people that I'm outgoing and have a good personality which would be great for sales. I just figure... if I could do it and make good money while I'm young, why not??

    Thanks for all of your input so far. Who would I need to talk to to get into this??
  10. by   firstyearstudent
    I think to be a good pharmaceutical sales representative you would have to have faith in the whole for profit pharmaceutical development and distribution system (and to some extent, faith in American-style laissez-faire capitalism). If you aren't a true believer, you would lose steam quickly (sales is hard work and you need a thick skin and be able to be nice when you don't want to be) or it might corrupt you or make you cynical.

    I'm basically a socialist and I don't have those faiths, so I'd absolutely hate it and be horrible at it. But to each his own...
  11. by   girlpassow69
    I would start by researching some of the pharma companies online....Glaxo Smith Kline, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Abbott, etc, etc. Most of their websites have info on their products and also have job postings and an area where you can apply online. Be prepared to put together a "Brag Book" of any and every accomplishment you have recieved (awards, community service/volunteer work, high GPA, etc.). These brag books are pretty much required for pharma interviews. Also, check into attending a job fair where pharma companies will be present at.
  12. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from Jesskanurse
    Well... I do want a family someday, but as I see it, I'm young, I want to travel, and I could use the money for saving (house, etc.) I've been told by many people that I'm outgoing and have a good personality which would be great for sales. I just figure... if I could do it and make good money while I'm young, why not??

    Thanks for all of your input so far. Who would I need to talk to to get into this??
    Something made you choose the college of nursing instead of the college of business admin at your university. In your shoes - I'd think about those values, reasons and desires. Your present nursing job may not be what you want, but that doesn't mean that nursing isn't for you.

    Good luck with what you decide.
  13. by   RNOTODAY
    I know this seems like a silly question, but I really dont know and I am embarrassed to ask a "real" person ... lol
    What do the reps actually "sell"? The pts insurance company pays for the drugs that they get at the pharmacy, but they give samples to the doctor in the office.... where is there a sale involved?????? Please enlighten me.....

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