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Why medical sales is a rewarding career

Medical sales is a challenging and dynamic career path, and if you have a passion for healthcare and some savvy sales skills, this could be the career move for you. With the pharmaceutical sales valued at roughly $1 billion in 2020, and steadily rising in 2021, the industry is thriving and now is the perfect time to start your medical sales career. So, if you’re thinking about traversing into the pharma sales industry, here are just a few reasons why it can be a rewarding career.

It promotes career growth

If you, like many job seekers, place a high value on career progression then it’s important to choose a profession that fosters opportunity and growth. The medical sales industry is the ideal industry to take steps up the career ladder as there is ample opportunity for promotion and progression. You will typically begin your career as a medical sales rep, and if you are committed to your personal development, your options can be very rewarding. Promotion to roles such as hospital representative, key account manager or regional sales manager presents more responsibility, and increased salary and the opportunity to have a bigger impact on the healthcare industry.

It's flexible

While medical sales can present a number of challenges that require hard work and dedication, the position does offer a great deal of flexibility. In today’s day and age, job flexibility is more important than ever, and having the opportunity to find the perfect work-life balance is a fantastic perk.

The UK workforce is notorious for neglecting their work-life balance with 24% of workers saying that they struggle to relax in their free time because of work. As a medical sales rep, you can set your own hours and schedule, and complete tasks at a time most convenient for you. Whether you’re setting up meetings with new clients, researching new and existing products, or simply networking online, you work on your own time.

You’ll have the ability to help people.

With a career in medical sales, each day you’ll have the opportunity to help people and make a positive impact on their lives. The products that you’ll be selling to pharmacists, GPs and other medical companies will benefit their patients and help them lead a more comfortable and fulfilling life. With some roles, you’ll even have the opportunity to demonstrate how the product works and offer medical professionals training and tips on how to best implement the product.

In a time where helping people is more important than ever, having such an impact on a range of people’s lives gives those with a medical sales career a sense of fulfilment.

It’s a great opportunity to network and meet new people

For sales reps, networking and building relationships are one of the most rewarding aspects of their careers. Many pharma sales reps relish the opportunity to build relationships with customers and have in-depth discussions about the products they are selling and how they will benefit the medical industry.

As your medical sales career progresses, you’ll have the time and opportunity to create fantastic, long-lasting relationships with your clients. This may benefit you further into your career as your network will be eager to help you if you’ve had a strong relationship for a number of years. So, if you’re someone who loves meeting new people every week, then medical sales can be a rewarding career for you.

Start your medical sales career with IQVIA

At IQVIA, we take candidate care seriously and have years of experience placing talented professionals in jobs where they can make a real difference. Take the first step in your career with our range of medical sales representative jobs.

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