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Frequently asked questions

Q.How many Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives are there in the United States?

A. According to resources there are an estimated 80,000 to 90,000 pharmaceutical sales representatives in the United States alone.

Q. Is it harder to get into pharmaceutical sales if you are middle aged?

A. Some think so, but I would have to disagree. I have worked with people of all ages.

Q. Do I need a bachelors degree to land a pharmaceutical sales job?

A. You definitely need a 4 year college degree. They don't require a certain field of study. However, a science or medical background is an advantage.

Q. Does any type of sales experience help?

A. It depends on the candidate. It's all about the manager's perception of your overall ability to learn the industry and your coachability.

Q. Do I need sales pharmaceutical sales experience?

A. Not necessarily. Some companies actually prefer someone with no past experience so they do not have to "undo" potentially bas selling skills. Other companies may like the idea of someone who knows the pharmaceutical sales industry and does not have a big learning curve.

Q. I already have a pharmaceutical sales job. Will this help me?

A. Yes. If you want to get promoted of change companies, this book will help you further your career.

Q.Why is pharmaceutical sales so difficult to get into?

A. This industry offers a highly lucrative, flexible, and rewarding career. Many of the positions that become available are filled through networking among other pharmaceutical representatives. Therefore, many positions are filled by internal referrals first.

Q. What type of benefits do pharmaceutical sales jobs offer?

A. They have excellent benefits that include a company car, 401k, uncapped bonus, health benefits, and pension plans.

Q. I just graduated from college. Do pharmaceutical companies hire new graduates?

A. Yes. Again, it's all depends on the individual. If you have a proven history of success in your academic career then this helps. They also want someone who is articulate, self-motivated, and has a willingness to learn and be trained.

Q. What are some of the things I need to know to land a pharmaceutical sales job?

A. There are numerous important things you must know to get your foot in the door. Pharmaceutical Sales: How To Get The Job, will give you a "real world" look into the life of a pharmaceutical sales rep. It will tell you how to network and what you need to know to be prepared for your interview.