Quote from hcmanp
Anybody with information about the pros and cons of being a pharmaceutical rep, please respond. I'm particularly interested in people with actual experience in this field, or know someone who is in the field, especially nurses who now are doing this. Thanks
Having a business degree and some sales experience prior to nursing and many friends in pharmaceuticals, I think I can speak to this career choice.
I think the field used to be very lucrative and enjoyable back in the day, but now it has become cut throat and the daily details are more boring. The product lines that reps are carrying are smaller with most companies. My rep friends speak often of the instability as one company is being bought by another.
On the pro side, I think the flexibility is great, you get a company car and freedom to make your schedule (although they have to account for all of their time). My office was very nice to reps because we were an indigent clinic that relied on the samples and they treated us well. Some offices are downright rude to them. You have to have a very thick skin.
Personally, I think the job would be incredibly boring. Now a friend of mine worked for J & J in their medical equipment sales and that was great. She sold joint replacement products and actually went to surgery with the orthopods. I think that would be much more interesting and challenging. There are alot of options and they LOVE nurses, pharmacists, etc.
Good luck with your career choice.