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Welcome to our Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs site. The purpose of this site is to provide a frequently updated list of current open positions for the pharmaceutical sales representative. Our focus is on pharmaceutical sales jobs which are available in the United States.
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The following data should be interesting to the pharmaceutical sales rep who resides within the United States. This data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employment Statistics for the Sales Representative – Technical and Scientific Products (Includes Pharmaceutical Products)
States with the highest concentration of sales reps (technical and scientific products) with annual salary:
(highest at top)
New Hampshire $77,120
South Dakota $63,310
Top paying states with annual salary:
(highest at top)
District of Columbia $85,050
Mean annual salary:
Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of sales representatives (technical and scientific products) with annual salary:
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division $78,780
Framingham, MA NECTA Division $74,970
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division $99,010
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $100,000
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division $88,440
Top paying metropolitan areas:
Sacramento—Arden-Arcade—Roseville, CA $102,360
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $100,000
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division $99,010
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT $98,520
Wenatchee, WA $98,100
Industries with the highest level of employment:
(highest at top)
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
Drugs and Druggists’ Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Top paying industries:
Satellite Telecommunications $107,050
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $102,100
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers $97,980
Other Telecommunications $92,770
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $91,080
Training and requirements needed:
Today, more frequently then not, employers are hiring sales representatives with a college degree, regardless of the type of product you are selling. If you want to be a pharmaceutical sales representative, indeed you should have a college degree. As a matter of fact, in most cases, you need a college degree if you want to sell any technical or scientific product.
The usual characteristics of any successful salesman such as a friendly personality, the ability to sell, and familiarity with the brand are also looked for in the pharmaceutical sales representative. Also, more so then many other sales positions, you need to sell the product to the physician within a very short period of time, usually a matter of minutes. This is simply because most doctors do not not have the time to listen to a long sales pitch.
In the pharmaceutical industry, it is essential that the sales rep have a complete and thorough knowledge of the drug he or she is selling. This includes side effects, interactions, efficacy, clinical trial data and more. Therefore extensive knowledge from the disciplines of chemistry and human biology are essential, along with a thirst for learning and understanding. Knowledge about drugs and medicines is also picked up from seminars and on the job training.
For more information about training required for the pharmaceutical sales representative in the United States go to Occupational Outlook Handbook provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs – Employment Growth and Outlook
Overall, sales employment growth in the United States is expected to be about average. Employment growth is expected to be around 9% between 2006 and 2016, which is average relative to all other occupations. It should be noted that this is for all sales positions.
As the elderly population in the United States continues to grow in size, their need for various medicines will also continue to grow. Drug companies will need to produce medicines with a high level of efficacy and fewer side effects in order to meet the medical needs of an increasing elderly population. Because the pharmaceutical sales representative is the interfacing pipeline between the drug company and the physician, this type of sales representative should continue to see increasing employment opportunities. Therefore, employment growth for the pharmaceutical sales representative should be greater then that which is expected for other sales positions.
It should also be noted that competition for technical and scientific product sales positions will be keen, including pharmaceutical sales representatives. This is because of the higher salary offered to individuals who hold these positions.
Pharmaceutical Sales Jobs Listed by State – Updated Daily
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